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Tsitsipas and Khachanov seek to advance to the final

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Lehecka, who had never won a Grand Slam match before arriving in Melbourne, used his powerful baseline game to hold off Tsitsipas in the second set, but the Greek raised his game to easily win on a tie-break.

The Greek was forced to save three consecutive break points at 3-3 in the third set, when the Czech threatened to extend the clash at Rod Laver Arena, but sealed the match in three sets soon after.

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For his part, Khachanov will play his first semifinal in Australia after Sebastian Korda withdrew injured when trailing 7-6(5), 6-3, 3-0, ending the American’s hopes of emulating his father Petr’s triumph. at Melbourne Park in 1998.

The 29th-seeded Korda battled with a right wrist problem that required treatment twice during the match at Rod Laver Arena before throwing in the towel in the third set.

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“Obviously, it’s not the way you want to end a match,” said Russian Khachanov, the 18th seed at the Australian Open. “I think to some extent, it was very competitive, a very good battle.”

Source: Ambito

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