Stefanos Tsitsipas follows in a moment of spectacular form. On Tuesday, the Greek secured a place in the semifinals of the Australian Open by defeating Jiri Lehecka 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4, keeping alive his chances of winning the first Grand Slam of his career.
of the. It will be the fourth time that Tsitsipas has played the semifinals in Melbourne, the third in a row (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023). The Greek, who already played in the final of a major at Roland Garros (2021), will try to advance to the last round in Las Antipodes when he faces Karen Khachanov for a place in the title match.
The third seed remained in control throughout to prevail over Lehecka in their second ATP Head2Head training session, following the Greek's victory in the Rotterdam 2022 semi-finals. In a packed Rod Laver Arena, Tsitsipas displayed aggressive tennis to curb momentum winner of his rival, who arrived at the match in a state of grace, ready to stand up to the Greek and fight for victory.
After dominating the first set from start to finish, Tsitsipas was forced to fight to take the second set, saving several break points and crowning it in the tiebreaker led by Lehecka, once again a feisty set in the third set.
Tsitsipas will become No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings if he can lift the trophy next Sunday. Lehecka has signed a dream Australian Open after defeating Borna Coric, Christopher Eubanks, Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime before falling to Tsitsipas.
After reaching the quarterfinals, the Czech will appear next Monday in the top 40 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, the highest position of his career. Without a doubt, the Czech player will have to be closely watched for the rest of the season.
Tsitsipas advanced to his fourth Australian Open semifinal
Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to his fourth Australian Open semifinal on Tuesday, January 24. "I saw the ball kid when the ball came back. I'm a professional tennis player.
I was not aiming for the ball kid obviously. I saw the wall, just went back towards the wall. The ball kid, in my eyes, was pretty far away from me. Would have really had to miss to hit that ball kid," Tsitsipas said. "What I did, definitely I'm not happy about that.
I shouldn't have done it. But it was part of the moment. My ball fell short. There was a little bit of frustration there, but things happen," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.