The Australian Open moves into the quarter-finals of the tournament on Tuesday with the first men’s match of the final eight. Tuesday will see No 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas play unseeded Jiri Lehecka. The winner of the match will take on either Karen Khachanov or Sebastian Korda, who will play on Tuesday as well.
Tsitsipas has traditionally played well at the Australian Open. The Greek tennis superstar reached the semi-finals of the Grand Slam in 2019, 2021, and 2022. His path to the final looks promising thanks to some of the upsets that have occurred at the Australian Open 2023.
Lehecka reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time. Indeed, Lehecka, who is just 21, has never made deep runs into the latter rounds of ATP Grand Slam tournaments. Lehecka reached the first round of each of the other three Grand Slam events before losing.
Lehecka has pulled off three upsets to reach the quarter-finals. He opened the Grand slam with a win over Borna Coric before defeating Chris Eubanks in the second round. In the third round, Lehecka knocked off Cameron Norrie and No 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round.
Tsitsipas would be the ultimate scalp for Lehecka. Can the Czech tennis player knock off the No 3 seed?
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka Betting Odds
Tsitsipas’s path to the quarter-finals was rather straightforward. The Greek player didn’t play a seeded player until reaching the fourth round when he defeat Jannik Sinner 3-2. In typical Tsitsipas fashion, he nearly threw away the match, winning the opening two sets but losing the second. It was the first time Tsitsipas was pushed beyond three sets.
Tsitsipas is now the second favourite to win the Australian Open at odds of 7/2. Novak Djokovic is at odds of 4/9 to win the Australian Open this season. The winner of Tsitsipas versus Lehecka could play Djokovic in the final. The Serbian has a rather easy path to the Grand Slam’s final.
Lehecka shocked Coric in three sets in the first round. He played a four-set match against Eubanks before going a full five sets in the third and fourth rounds of the Australian Open. Lehecka has the longest odds to win the Australian Open at the best betting odds of 50/1. Can the unseeded player pick up a first-ever Grand Slam win?
Lehecka is ranked No 71 in the world according to the ATP. He is the underdog to win the match against Tsitsipas. Lehecka is at odds of 9/2 to win the match, while Tsitsipas is at odds of 1/7 to win the quarter-final fixture.
Sinner was the first player in the tournament to push Tsitsipas to more than three sets. Lehecka’s form is fantastic and he could push Tsitsipas to four or five sets. Bookmakers have the match at 7/4 to go four sets. The odds on the match to go five sets are at 10/3.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka H2H
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jiri Lehecka have played once previously, with the Greek tennis player picking up a win. The pair played during the 2022 season on indoor hard at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Tsitsipas played Lehecka in the semi-finals of the tournament with the Greek winning 3-1. Lehecka took the first set 6-4 but lost back-to-back sets 6-4 and 6-2.
Before the Aussie Open, Lehecka played in the United Cup, losing to Taylor Fritz and defeating Alexander Zverev. He moved on to the Auckland Open where he defeated Jan Choinski, Facundo Bagnis, and Thiago Monteiro. Lehecka was defeated by Cameron Norrie, the player the unseeded Czech defeated in round No 3 of the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas played in the United Cup pre-Australian Open. He won all four of his matches, defeating Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Borna Coric, and Matteo Berrettini. Tsitsipas has never won a Grand Slam tournament. The Greek has often played well to reach the end stages of a Grand Slam only to fail to win the event.
Four of Tsitsipas’s ATP Tour titles have come on hardcourt. He has a record of 160-83 on hardcourt in ATP Tour tournaments. Lehecka has never won a tournament on the ATP Tour. He has a record of 11-13 on hardcourt before this year’s Aussie Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jiri Lehecka Betting Tips
Could Tsitsipas finally win a Grand Slam tournament? He has long been considered one of the best young players on the ATP Tour, yet Tsitsipas has failed time and time again to win a Grand Slam. Tsitsipas may have his best chance to reach a final at a Grand Slam event this season. If he does get to the final, Novak Djokovic is likely to be there waiting for him.
Lehecka has already shocked the tennis world. A win against Tsitsipas would be the icing on the cake and take him to a first-ever Grand Slam semi-final. He never progressed past the first round of a Grand Slam until this year.
Lehecka played just 38 times on the ATP Tour before appearing in the Australian Open 2023. He has spent more time on the Challenger Tour, where he has played 95 times. Lehecka has also played on the ITF Tour 68 times. He isn’t consistent or regular on the ATP Tour but could be with a massive win over Tsitsipas.
The pair played in 2022 in Rotterdam with Tsitsipas picking up a 2-1 win. Tsitsipas dropped the first set but came back to win back-to-back sets to claim the victory. Tsitsipas’s history of failing in big matches should worry fans. Even though Lehecka is unseeded and has little experience in Grand Slams, he could upset the favourite.
Tsitsipas is playing well, although he was unchallenged until round four. Lehecka is playing the tournament of his life but Tsitsipas should see him off on Tuesday. Our betting tips prediction is for Tsitsipas to win 3-1 at the best odds of 9/4. Lehecka should put a scare into the Greek. Don’t forget that Lehecka won a set when the pair played in Rotterdam last year.