Jiri Lehecka vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Prediction and Odds: Australian Open

World number 71, Czechia’s Jiri Lehecka, comes up against Canada’s world number seven, Felix Auger-Aliassime, with a place in the Australian Open Quarter Final up for grabs. Both players have had a five-setter and a four setter in their last two rounds and this game could well go the distance.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Jiri Lehecka vs Felix Auger-Aliassime – Match Prediction

Compared to the other three Grand Slams, both players have their highest win percentages in Melbourne. Lehecka had never gone past the first round of any slam before this tournament and Auger-Aliassime has a 77% win rate at the Australian Open. Let’s zoom in on our tennis predictions below.

Total Sets – Five

Jiri Lehecka began this tournament with a straight sets victory (6-3, 6-3, 6-3) over 21st seed Borna Coric, but the two subsequent rounds have taken a lot more out of him. Christopher Eubanks took  a set in the second round before 11th seed, Cameron Norrie, went 2-1 up before Lehecka came back to win in five on Friday.

Felix Auger-Aliassime has had to wade through 13 sets to get to this stage. He found himself 1-0 down in the first round against compatriot Vasek Posipsil, before coming back from 2-0 down against Alex Molcan in the second. 28th seed Francisco Cerundolo levelled the third round tie at 1-1 before Aliassime came through 6-1, 6-4.

Neither player has been able to complete much of their business in a swift fashion and we expect more of the same in this clash.

Either Player to Lose The First Set & Win The Match

Auger-Aliassime has already shown an ability to win the match after losing the first set on two occasions in Melbourne and the 22 year old certainly possesses a ‘never-say-die’ attitude. Lehecka found himself a set down and then two sets to one down against Cameron Norrie. Lehecka’s attitude stood out against Norrie and he maintained his composure despite facing uphill struggles on many occasions.

Both Lehecka and Auger-Aliassime have youth on their side and are blessed with good fitness and plenty of stamina. Whoever wins the first set will still have a long way to go before claiming the match.

Jiri Lehecka vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Preview

Lehecka is certainly a new name for many tennis fans so let’s find out some more about the ‘new kid on the block’ as well as Auger-Aliassime who has been a regular in the second week of Grand Slams over the last two years.

Jiri Lehecka

It was only 2020 when Lehecka turned pro and the 21 year old has earnt over $1,000,000 across his short career but is still yet to win his first ATP Title. After being eliminated in the first round of all four Grand Slams in 2022, this new year is already delivering a significant upturn in results.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

The 22 year old turned pro in 2017 and has claimed four ATP Titles over five years. He has been a regular in ATP finals since 2019 and reached three successive Grand Slam Quarter Finals across 2021-2022. He even went one round further in the 2021 US Open before losing to eventual winner Dannil Medvedev.

Jiri Lehecka vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Head to Head

This is the first time these two young players will compete against each other.

Jiri Lehecka vs Felix Auger-Aliassime Match Details

Rod Laver Arena

  • When will Lehecka vs Auger-Aliassime start? This match will start at approximately 04:30 GMT on Sunday, 22nd January
  • On which court will the match be played? The match will be played at the Margaret Court Arena.
  • Where can I watch AO 2023 in the UK? All Australian Open matches will be broadcast live on Eurosport, you can also live stream this match on Discovery +.

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Thomas Penn

Thomas is a passionate sports fan with a particular interest in football, cricket, rugby and tennis. No matter where the match is being played, he will be staying up to watch the action!