Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth time in the last five years and will now face Russian Karen Khachanov for a place in the final on Sunday.
The third seed made it six-for-six in the last eight at majors with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory over the 21-year-old Lahika, who had never played a Grand Slam match prior to her arrival. had won Australia.
The young Czech had beaten Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Iliasime to reach the quarter-finals but was broken in his first service game and, although he put in a convincing display, it was not enough to take the set from Tsitsipas.
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Stasipas is the fourth man in the Open Era to go unbeaten in his first six Grand Slam quarterfinals, following Rod Laver, Patrick Rafter and Andre Agassi.
The Greek, who along with Novak Djokovic still has a chance to finish the tournament as world No.1, will face Khachanov in the semi-finals on Friday.
Sebastian Korda retired with a wrist injury during his clash with Khachanov, sending the Russian to his second consecutive Grand Slam semi-final.
American Korda has been one of the stories of the tournament, beating Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Harkaz to reach his first major quarter-final 25 years after his father Peter lifted the trophy.
But he began to struggle halfway through the second set, received a medical timeout, and, after losing seven games in a row, dropped it, trailing 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-0.
It was a desperate way to bow out for the 22-year-old, who was clearly in pain and was reduced to cutting his forehead in a futile attempt to find a way back into the match.
After reaching the last four of a Slam for the first time in his 23rd major at the US Open last summer, Khachanov is now back at the same stage in his next event.
“Back-to-back semifinals in a Slam feels great,” Rousey said. Obviously the way you want to finish the match.
Khachanov and Korda met for the first time in a Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2021, and a tense encounter went to a fifth-set tiebreak before the Russian took the lead.
It also looked to be a close battle, with Korda starting the second strongly after recovering from a break down to force a tiebreak in the opening set.
But he called the trainer after five games to have his right wrist taped and didn’t win another game.
Korda said of the injury: “I had a little bit of it in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago but then it went, during the matches, it was fine, then, just kind of a mishit return and it started bothering me. Did a lot after that.
“With some forehands, I couldn’t even hold the racket. Volleying was almost impossible for me. So it was a little difficult.”
It’s been a breakthrough fortnight for Korda, though, and he added: “There’s been a lot of positives, more positives than negatives. Today was a tough day but hopefully it’s nothing serious. And I can take care of it so I don’t have it in the future.
“I’m really proud of myself. Going forward, I’m just going to keep trying to do the same thing, stay the same mentally. I think I’ll do some really big things in the near future. I can.”
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