Most tennis players would not love to play against 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in any tennis tournament. For many, it may be a nightmare to face him in a Grand Slam event. However, one player is hoping to earn a chance to face the Serbian master in the Wimbledon final.
The world No. 39, Jiri Lehecka, dreams of making it to the final of Wimbledon, playing against Novak Djokovic, and actually winning it. More than that, he also dreams of playing that match with the No. 1 position in the ATP rankings at stake.
Eminent sports journalist Mario Boccardi shared Jiri Lehecka’s thoughts on social media.
“Jiri Lehecka asked to talk about a dream match to be played: “That’s easy… It would be playing the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic for the number one position in the world. Winning that match would be the most a player could win and dream of,” his caption read.
The current Australian Open champion is also the defending champion of Wimbledon and the current World No.1. The 21-year-old Czech player can get his chance at this year’s Wimbledon.
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Jiri Lehecka’s performance at the Australian Open 2023
The Czech player entered the first Grand Slam of the season after a successful run in the 2022 season. He played in the championship match of the 2022 NextGen ATP Finals, where he lost to American Brandon Nakashima in the final. He also participated in the United Cup 2023 for Team Czech Republic.
Jiri Lehecka participated in both the singles and doubles events of the 2023 Australian Open. He started his journey in the tournament by defeating Borna Coric 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He next played against Christopher Eubanks, whom he beat 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in the second round of the competition. This victory was followed by a fantastic win against Cameron Norrie in the third round. The scoreline read 6-8, 7-10, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in favour of the Czech player.
He also defeated one of the favourites to win the tournament, Felix Auger-Aliassime, 4-6, 6-3, 7-7-6(2), and 7-7-6(3) in the fourth round. His dream run, though, was halted by eventual finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the tournament. He lost to the Greeks 6-3, 7-6(2), and 6-4.
In the doubles event of the competition, he paired up with Alex Molcan. The Czech-Slovak pair started their journey in the competition by beating the all-Argentine pair of Franciso Cerundolo and Tomas Martin Etcheverry. In the second round, they defeated the all-Austrian pair of Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler. However, in the third round, they faced a formidable opponent in the all-French pair of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. It proved an unsurmountable challenge as they knocked the Lehecka-Molcan pair out of the competition.
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