ATP Challenger Tour
5. – 10. 6. 2023 AREÁL TK PROSTĚJOV
08.06.2023 15:39:42
Jiří Lehečka's dream of winning the UniCredit Czech Open title was shattered by Lukáš Klein of Slovakia who will repeat his last year’s appearance in the semi-finals. The best Czech player lost 3:6, 4:6 after his opponent outplayed him especially from the baseline. "He was really better at the baseline. I couldn’t take advantage of my serve which was why the match was one-sided. I just could do much about it," said Lehečka disappointedly. Lehečka was already down 0:4 in the second set and although he won three games in a row, it was not enough to turn the match around.
08.06.2023 14:37:23
The first semi-finalist was decided by a closely watched derby match between two club mates Jakub Menšík and Dalibor Svrčina. The opening set between the two friends went to tie-break in which Svrčina was more patient and gained a psychological advantage. The defending champion of last year's final took perfect use of it, broke Menšík's serve in the fourth game and took a 3-1 lead. This broke his opponent for good.
08.06.2023 11:27:16
The singles at the 30th UniCredit Czech Open have been dominated by Czech players which is also the case in doubles matches. Czech tennis is represented by three players in the semi-finals, which means that at least one will certainly make it to the final! The top-seeded pair Ariel Behar (Uru), Adam Pavlásek will play Czechs Zdeněk Kolář and Jakub Menšík for a spot in the final. The other semi-final match will see Italian Marco Bortolotti and Spaniard Martos Gornes against a Czech pair Petr Nouza and Andrew Paulson.
08.06.2023 11:26:17
The quarter-finals of the UniCredit Czech Open showed that Czech tennis will dominate the end of the tournament. Jiří Lehečka, Tomáš Macháč, Dalibor Svrčina and Jakub Menšik they all have advanced to the last eight, only Hynek Bartoň has been knocked out and will not make it to the quarter-finals. Even so, he can be very satisfied with his performance in the Hana Region as he advanced far from qualification on his debut on the ATP Tour. Having won the three previous matches, he was not able to keep up with the favoured Dimitar Kuzmanov (208th ATP). How about today's semi-final matches? Czech tennis will be represented in three of them and optimists say three Czechs have a big chance to make it among the last four!
07.06.2023 16:30:33
Tomáš Macháč also advanced from to the quarter-finals after winning his match against Mate Valkusz of Hungary. The home player won the first set 6:2. In the second set, he did not give his opponent a single game. "I entered the match knowing that my opponent had to play the qualification round and would be a bit tired. I started aggressively and showed him he wouldn't stand a chance.
07.06.2023 16:29:21
The match between Dalibor Svrčina and Elias Ymer lasted only twenty-eight minutes. The Swedish player had his injured wrist treated after two games and retired from the match at 1:4. Ymer was in pain with every time he played backhand and, considering the upcoming matches during the season, staying the match would have been too risky for him. "It was a reasonable decision by Ymer, his wrist is very stressed during power tennis," said the tournament doctor MUDr. René Kloc.
07.06.2023 16:27:46
In the match against Jelle Sels of Netherlands (169th ATP), the top-seeded Jiří Lehečka only took lead and confirmed his role as the favourite in the first set tiebreak. In the second set he took a 4:1 lead and eventually struggled his way through to the next round after beating his tenacious opponent 6:3. Lehečka was the better player on the court in the course of the two-hour match; however, he failed to hold his one-break advantage in the first set and had to fight for victory in a tiebreak.
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