Jiri Lehecka is defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas to get to the Australian Open semifinals

Jiri Lehecka is defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas to get to the Australian Open semifinals

In Tuesday's quarterfinal match, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic 6-3 7-6(2) 6-4 to go to the Australian Open semi-finals for the fourth time.

The third seed easily won the first set after breaking a nervous Lehecka early on, but the 21-year-old, who has had a breakthrough tournament, fought back strongly after that.


Prior to coming to Melbourne, Lehecka, who had never won a Grand Slam match, utilized his strong baseline game to keep up with Tsitsipas in the second set. However, the Greek upped his game to easily win the tiebreak.

At 3-3 in the third set, Tsitsipas had to save three straight break chances from Lehecka as she attempted to prolong the Rod Laver Arena match.

When Lehecka served at 4-5, the 24-year-old pounced, gaining match point with a devastating backhand pass and winning the match when his opponent missed a backhand.

In the semifinal match, Tsitsipas will take against Russian Karen Khachanov.