Daniil Medvedev retires, propels Jiri Lehecka into Madrid Masters semi-final

Jiri Lehecka will compete in his first Masters 1000 semi-final

by Jovica Ilic
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Daniil Medvedev retires, propels Jiri Lehecka into Madrid Masters semi-final
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World no. 31 Jiri Lehecka will compete in his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Madrid. Lehecka met world no. 4 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-final and claimed the opener 6-4 before the Russian retired due to a groin injury. Daniil felt the pain and asked for a medical timeout after the fifth game.

He stayed in touch until the closing stages before dropping 12 of the final 15 points. Medvedev did not want to risk anything, retiring after the opener and hoping to recover by the Rome Masters, defending 1000 ATP points at Foro Italico.

The Czech dropped four points behind the initial shot, facing no break points and keeping the pressure on the Russian. There was nothing wrong with Medvedev's service games in the first half of the set.

Daniil Medvedev & Jiri Lehecka, Madrid 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Daniil Medvedev retired in the Madrid Masters quarter-final.

He felt issues in the seventh game, erasing them but getting broken at 4-4.

Daniil built the advantage in the mid-range rallies. Jiri erased it in the shortest ones, dominating the quickest exchanges and hoping for more in the semi-final against Felix Auger-Aliassime. Medvedev made a reliable start and held at 15 in the first game of the encounter after drawing Lehecka's mistake.

The Czech showed no fear against a notable rival on the big scene, holding at love in game two and getting his name on the scoreboard. The Russian moved 2-1 in front following a hold at 15 in game three, welcoming the rival's loose backhand.

Jiri matched that pace and produced another fine hold in game four, closing it at love after Daniil's loose drop shot attempt.

Daniil Medvedev, Madrid 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

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4 held at 15 in the fifth game after Lehecka's wild forehand, moving 3-2 in front before taking a medical timeout. They continued over eight minutes later, and Jiri grabbed the sixth game with an ace, keeping the pressure on the other side.

Medvedev faced issues behind the initial shot in the seventh game, missing a forehand and facing two break points. He denied them and held with an ace after a couple of deuces, remaining on the positive side. Jiri held at 15 in the eighth game, leveling the score at 4-4 and preparing another push on the return in the next one.

The Czech broke at 30, moving 5-4 in front and serving for the opener. Lehecka fired a service winner, holding at 15 and celebrating the win after Medvedev's retirement.

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