Australian Open: Jiri Leheka takes QF by storm© AFP
Jiri Lehka stunned Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday to drop another seed in his fifth Grand Slam appearance. The 21-year-old Czech lost in the first round of four majors last year but was too hot for the sixth-seeded Canadian at the Margaret Court Arena, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3). It was his first loss to a top-10 player and built on his wins over reigning ATP Masters 1000 champions Borna Coric and Cameron Norrie in previous rounds.
“Honestly, it feels amazing,” said Leheka, who has climbed 70 places to 71 in the rankings over the past year.
“It’s hard to find the words because of what I’ve been through in the last year and now coming back to Australia.
“After losing in the first round last year, if someone had told me before the tournament that I would play like this, I wouldn’t have believed them.
“I’m very happy and excited.”
He will play the winner of a blockbuster evening clash between Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas and dangerous Italian 15th seed Janic Siner.
Tsitsipas is the top seed and is yet to drop a set, tied at number three after first exits to Rafael Nadal and Casper Rudd.
Sinar is looking for revenge after losing to him in the quarter-finals last year.
Before his exploits at Melbourne Park, Lehke’s biggest splash came in Rotterdam last February.
He won qualifiers against Denis Shapovalov and Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the semi-finals and beat Tsitsipas in three sets.
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