Stefanos Tsitsipas has overwhelmed Jiri Lehecka 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 to achieve the semifinals of the Australian Open.The 24-year-old will tackle Russia’s Karen Khachanov on the Rod Laver Area in Melbourne on Friday. “It is a match that I am trying ahead to. It is nice to be again within the semifinals,” he stated.”After all, I am proud of how I’ve performed to this point. I am trying forward for extra, for higher. Trying to create some magical experiences right here in Australia.”Of the three gamers from Russia ranked inside the high 20, Khachanov moved to his first Australian Open semifinal with a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-0 retd. win over Sebastian Korda on Tuesday.The 26-year-old has angered Azerbaijani officers after he wrote “Keep sturdy Artsakh” on the digital camera lens after defeating each Frances Tiafoe and Yoshihito Nishioka in earlier video games.Khachanov has Armenian roots and was referring to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan.The Azerbaijan Tennis Basis has demanded that Khackanov is penalised for his message in a letter to the Worldwide Tennis Federation.On the court docket at Rod Laver Area on Tuesday night time, Victoria Azarenka displayed the identical assured model of take-the-ball-early, hard-hitting tennis that carried her to 2 Australian Open titles and the No. 1 rating a decade in the past.The Belarusian star beat No. 3 seed Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-1 to return to the semifinals at Melbourne Park for the primary time since these triumphs in 2012 and 2013.The No. 24-seeded Azarenka’s semifinal opponent shall be No. 22 Elena Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, who defeated 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4.For extra watch Euronews’ report within the video above.
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