The Greek Champion is into an ATP 500 final for the eighth time in his career
Stefanos Tsitsipas has won the ATP Finals and a Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo but the Greek has found winning one of the ATP 500 events rather difficult over the years.
World No 137 Lehecka, who will be breaking into the world’s top 100 for the first time on Monday, won the first set and was the better player early in the second but Tsitsipas found his game when he needed it, snatching the second and then pulling away in the third for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win.
“He was really pushing me,” Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview. “I did not know what to expect so I was trying to figure out his patterns and his game. He was playing incredibly well after the first serve, pressing and attacking like I had never seen before. I had to stay in the match and I managed to survive.”
Felix Auger-Aliassime (3) will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas (1) in the #abnamrowtt final after beating Andrey Rublev (2) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.