Lehecka Reaches Maiden Masters 1000 Semifinal in Madrid; Injured Medvedev Retired
Jiri Lehecka talks to Daniil Medvedev as the Moscow native retired from their match due to injury. May 2, 2024. Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: Mutua Madrid Open.

Czech Jiri Lehecka progresses into his first career semifinal on the Masters 1000 level, emerging victorious over World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev, who withdrew from their quarterfinal match after losing the opening set due to injury on Thursday in Madrid.

World No. 31 Jiri Lehecka advanced to his fifth semifinal at tour level, his first on a Masters 1000 event at the Mutua Madrid Open, following third seed Daniil Medvedev’s withdrawal due to injury after the Czeck player secured the opener 6-4.

Speaking about the former world number one retirement, Lehecka outlined: “It’s never easy in a match like this. If I were to choose the way how to win this match, it wouldn’t be like that. So, of course, it’s never easy to see your opponent struggling, but at that moment, you just need to focus on yourself, trying to get the maximum level out of yourself.”

Both players made a solid start, and the match went with serves until a physical issue disrupted the last eight clash on Thursday at the Manolo Santana Stadium.

When leading 3-2 in the opener, Medvedev took an off-court medical time out to receive treatment by the physio on his right upper leg after feeling discomfort in the area.

As play resumed, the Czech hit two aces on the way to level up the score, while his opponent gave signs of continuing to struggle physically.

After fending off two break points, the Moscow-born held serve, staying the course at 4-3.

Then, he called the trainer again and received treatment during the TV break.

However, the 30th seed capitalized on the moment to break serve in the ninth game of the match, inching ahead 5-4.

As the 22-year-old moved through to claim the first set 6-4 in 41 minutes, Medvedev withdrew from the contest in Madrid due to injury.

On Friday, Lehecka will face off against unseeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, who advanced to the semifinals as World No. 2 Jannik Sinner pulled out from their quarterfinal encounter due to a right hip injury.

The other semifinal will feature seventh seed Andrey Rublev against World No. 13 Taylor Fritz, who edged Argentine Francisco Cerundolo in a three-setter to achieve his 250th victory on tour.

Rublev ended a four-match losing streak by outlasting two-time defending champion Carlos Alcaraz 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, booking his ticket to the last four on Wednesday at the Magic Box.

Cecilia demartini
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