Grand Slam matches frequently come down to the smallest of margins, and on Tuesday at the Australian Open, that was the case for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jiri Lehecka.
The third-seeded Tsitsipas won 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-4 in the match between the two in the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park, but the victory was anything but easy. Lehecka, 21, shown no nervousness in his Rod Laver Arena debut, hitting confidently from the baseline the entire time, but he was unable to match the Greek's precise execution at crucial times.
The victory maintains Tsitsipas' dreams of being the player to reach No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following the Australian Open alive. By winning the inaugural Grand Slam of the year, the Greek can overtake Carlos Alcaraz into first place.