Australian Open 2023 news, Jiri Lehecka upsets Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach quarter finals

A week ago, Jiri Lehecka had never won a match at a grand slam tournament.

Ranked No.71 in the world, the 21-year-old Czech talent wasn’t considered a genuine threat to the men’s Australian Open title.

Fast forward to Sunday night and he is officially the tournament’s giant-slayer, and his odds are shortening by the day.

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Lehecka began the tournament by eliminating No.21 seed Borna Coric. He beat a wildcard in round two, then shocked No.11 seed Cameron Norrie in a round three five-set epic.

And on Sunday he claimed the biggest scalp of his career, ending the Open of No.6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in a major Margaret Court Arena upset.

”It’s a name we all know now,” David Culbert said on Nine of the Czech player, who is writing the underdog story of the tournament.

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His opponent, while devastated about the loss, was full of praise for the rising Czech star.

“He’s been playing really good, and rising in the rankings,” Auger-Aliassime said.

“I remember seeing him last year around same time in Rotterdam. He made the semi-finals, and he was playing really well. I’m sure we will see a lot of him in the future.

“To be in those moments and to be cool under pressure, play well (on) the right points, serve well to close the match, it’s a good sign of a good player.”

Lehecka will play his first grand slame quarter-final in two days’ time.

His opponent will be either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Jannik Sinner.

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