Tsitsipas 4-1 Lehecka* (*denotes first server)
Really impressive serving from Tsitsipas. He makes a lot of first serves, finds his places and scores quickly.
He finishes the match with a serve and a volley, giving Lehecka no chance.
Tsitsipas* 3-1 Leheck (*denotes first server)
Too many mistakes at the beginning of the match for Lehecka, which makes life difficult for him.
But he was very safe online. He hits another beautiful volley into the net, 30-15. Lehecka finally hits the scoreboard as Tsitsipas sends a forehand shot past the goal.
Tsitsipas 3-0 Lehecka* (*denotes first server)
Excellent service game by Tsitsipas. He finds the first four serves and holds love in less than 90 seconds to consolidate the break.
Tsitsipas* 2-0 Lehecka (*denotes first server)
Tsitsipas in attack in Lehecki’s first service match. But an unforced error with his second serve return makes him 30-30.
Tsitsipas hit the net with a defensive backhand from Lehecki’s cautious approach, 40-30. One by one, Lehecki’s backhand errors give Tsitsipas a break point.
Serve and volley from Lehecka and he finishes with a slick backhand volley winner. Lehecka’s forehand error, second break point.
Lehecka’s ace. Another forehand error by Lehecka, third break point. Tsitsipas from the forehand wide, two. It was a bad failure. A fourth break point for Tsitsipas comes and goes.
Lehecka tries to get out of this game and finally, on the fifth try with Tsitsipas, she makes a breakthrough. Lehecka attacks the net again, but Tsitsipas reaches for the ball and lobs it, which Lehecka reaches but senses a backhand overhead.
Tsitsipas is breaking.
First set: Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-0 Jiri Lehecka* (*denotes first server)
Good game by Lehecka. These early stages are important and he shows quite the timing as he lifts the lob over Tsitsipas’ head, 40-30.
The game goes to two as Tsitsipas scores with a tame backhand.
But Tsitsipas has this slight fear when Lehecka puts her forehand into the tram lines.
We’ll find out soon!
Tsitsipas won all five of his previous Grand Slam quarterfinal matches. Will Lehecka end this streak?
So let’s go!
Two players enter the Rod Laver Arena and Tsitsipas probably gets more applause.
Elsewhere in Melbourne…
Victoria Azarenka has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the ninth time and the first time at the Australian Open since 2013.
Who is Jiri Lehecka?
The unseeded 21-year-old made his main-draw debut in all four majors last year and lost in the first round
It currently ranks 71st in the world
His father Jiri was a professional swimmer and his mother Romana was a professional athlete
In February last year, he was in the top 100
He was defeated in the Next Gen ATP Finals in November
He’s aiming for the final four
Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second men’s Australian Open quarter-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jiri Lehecka.
Tsitsipas starts the match as the favorite as he continues his bid to win the first grand slam of his career. The Greek star needed five sets to beat Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Sunday and is now looking to reach the final four for the fourth time in Melbourne.
Lehecka enjoyed a memorable tournament, knocking out seeded Borna Coric, Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
The two players have only met once before, in Rotterdam last year with Tsitsipas going in three sets.
And Lehecka says she’s desperate to get one of the three seeds.
“I’m definitely going for that rematch.” I know he will remember when we played last year in Rotterdam. In one set, I was the better player on the court,” he said. “Then he overtook the game. But I think he’ll remember and he’ll know what my strengths are. He’ll feel I can put pressure on him. At the same time, I know he’s a great player. I mean, he’s No. 4 in the world. In any case, I mean, if you’re in the top 10, then you’ve got to show some extraordinary tennis.
– I know how to play with him. Of course last year’s semi-final in Rotterdam will help me a lot, how to imagine some things, how it went, how to prepare for the next match.
The winner of this match will face Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals later this week. The 26-year-old made it to the last four when his opponent Sebastian Korda withdrew with a wrist injury in a 7-6(5) 6-3 3-0 loss.