Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to avoid a scalp against surprise package Jiri Lehecka and secure a place in the Australian Open…
Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to avoid a scalp against surprise package Jiri Lehecka and secure a place in the Australian Open Semi-Finals on Tuesday.
Third seed Tsitsipas – the highest-ranked player remaining in the men’s draw – finds himself in familiar territory in Melbourne.
Indeed, the 24-year-old is the youngest player to reach three successive Australian Open quarter-finals since Novak Djokovic between 2008 and 2010, and he is now targeting a fourth semi-final in five appearances.
The Greek’s latest quest for a maiden Slam saw him reel off nine straight sets before he was taken the distance by Jannik Sinner, who recovered a two-set deficit to take their fourth-round contest the distance until he eventually succumbed 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.
Appearing in his sixth major quarter-final, Tsitsipas boasts an impressive 5-0 record, but will definitely not be taking anything for granted against Lehecka.
The 21-year-old arrived in Melbourne having failed to win a single match in all four of his grand slam appearances in 2022.
However, he has put that behind him in brilliant fashion this fortnight, claiming the scalps of three seeds already in Cincinnati Masters champion Borna Coric, Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie and US Open semi-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Czech does have previous when it comes to notching up surprise results. Indeed, on his ATP Tour debut as a qualifier in Rotterdam last February, he defeated Denis Shapovalov, Botic van de Zandschlup and Lorenzo Musetti before eventually succumbing to Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
The third seed will be favourite to maintain his impressive Melbourne and grand slam quarter-final record here, but Lehecka will be confident of adding him to his impressive list of scalps.
The winner of this match will play either Karen Khachanov or Sebastian Korda in the Australian Open semi-finals.
Play gets underway at around 9.30am GMT on Tuesday and will be contested over the best of five sets on Rod Laver Arena.
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