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Czech Jerry Lehka defeated sixth seed Felix Auger-Ilyasim at the Australian Open

FeaturedSports NewsCzech Jerry Lehka defeated sixth seed Felix Auger-Ilyasim at the Australian Open

Unseeded Czech Jiri Lehka beat sixth seed Felix Auger-Iliasime 4-6 6-3 7-6 (2) 7-6 (3) to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as a And got out of the big name. It left the Grand Slam thin on Star Power for the second week.

With holder Rafa Nadal and second seed Casper Rudd out early, and other title hopefuls such as Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev also on the way out, the way was clear for Auger-Ilyasim to go deep at Melbourne Park. had lived.

But he ran into an inspired Lahika, who defeated 11th seed Cameron Norrie in the previous round. The Czech will play either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Jannik Sinner for a place in the semi-finals and said he is just getting started.

“The run is not over,” Lahika said. “All the guys I’ve beaten here have been incredible and I’ve played my best tennis to show all the cards I have to beat them. It sounds crazy, but it’s true and I’m on the journey. Happy to have it.”

Auger-Aliassime, 22, broke in the third game on her way to taking the opening set in 35 minutes but a big momentum shift put the unseeded Lehecka in control.

After winning the second set to level the match, a delicate volley at the net helped Lehecka hold serve and set up a third-set tiebreak where she pounced on errors from 2022 quarter-finalist Auger-Aliasime.

With a first Grand Slam quarter-final, and a first win over a top 10 player, in sight, the 21-year-old Lahika stepped up another gear in the fourth-set tiebreak to lead 6-3 before dispatching Auger. – Eliasime out with a brilliant passing shot.

“It honestly feels amazing,” Lehecka added. “It’s hard to find the words because of what we’ve been through in the last year and coming back after losing the first round (in 2022).

“If someone told me I would play like this, I wouldn’t believe them.”

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