Lehecka Stuns Tsitsipas, Books First Masters Quarter-Final Spot

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Indian Wells, California - March 12, 2024: In a surprising upset, Jiri Lehecka (32nd seed) dominated Stefanos Tsitsipas (11th seed) 6-2, 6-4 to book his place in the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals.

This marks a significant achievement for Lehecka. Not only is it his first appearance in a Masters 1000 quarter-final, but it's also his first win against Tsitsipas, who previously had the upper hand in their head-to-head record.

Lehecka becomes the 11th Czech player to reach this stage at a Masters tournament, following in the footsteps of Tomas Berdych who achieved the feat at Miami in 2017.

Commenting on his victory, Lehecka emphasized the importance of preparation and a more aggressive playing style. He acknowledged the challenge of facing a high-ranked opponent but credited his superior preparation and on-court aggressiveness for securing the win.

Lehecka's path to the quarter-finals included victories over American wildcard Brandon Nakashima and Russian Andrey Rublev (5th seed).

Other Matches:

  • Ben Shelton (16th seed) faces off against Jannik Sinner (3rd seed).
  • Other notable matchups include Taylor Fritz vs. Holger Rune, Daniil Medvedev vs. Grigor Dimitrov, and Casper Ruud vs. Gael Monfils.
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