Astana QFs: Medjedovic Triumphs Over Lehecka in NextGenATP Clash



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Astana QFs: Medjedovic Triumphs Over Lehecka in NextGenATP Clash
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In a stunning display of prowess on the tennis court, young Serbian sensation Hamad Medjedovic notched up the most significant victory of his burgeoning career at the prestigious Astana Open. In a riveting quarter-final match, Medjedovic defied the odds and outclassed the formidable fourth seed, Jiri Lehecka, with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-4, propelling him into the semi-finals of this ATP 250 event held in Kazakhstan.

The 20-year-old Medjedovic, who had previously reached the semi-finals on clay in Gstaad earlier this year, showcased exceptional resilience and skill throughout the match. Notably, he exhibited a remarkable ability to maintain his composure under pressure, saving all four break points that came his way during the intense 69-minute battle.

Expressing his elation, Medjedovic said, "Honestly, it feels amazing. It’s an amazing feeling to be in the semi-finals of Astana. It’s my second ATP 250 semi-final, but I think this one feels pretty special because I beat very good players and especially on indoor hard courts. I’m very happy with the win and let’s try to win some more matches."

Medjedovic's Remarkable Rise

Medjedovic's journey to the semi-finals in Astana has been nothing short of sensational, having previously conquered his compatriot Laslo Djere and Alexander Shevchenko. This remarkable performance has not only etched his name in the annals of tennis history but also propelled him an impressive 16 spots up in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, landing him at the 104th position. If Medjedovic can maintain his sterling form and secure a victory against the fifth seed, Sebastian Korda, in the semi-finals, he stands poised to break into the Top 100 for the first time in his career.

Notably, Medjedovic's promising journey has been marked by the guidance and financial support of none other than World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, who has played a pivotal role in the young star's transition from the juniors to the professional circuit. Currently ranked eighth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Jeddah, Medjedovic is on track to secure a coveted spot in the season-ending Next Gen ATP Finals. His quest to qualify for the prestigious event in Jeddah will be further bolstered if he can secure a place in the finals of the Astana Open, potentially surpassing his contemporaries Dominic Stricker and Luca Van Assche.

In another scintillating match at the Astana Open, American prodigy Sebastian Korda exhibited his mastery on the court by defeating top seed Tallon Griekspoor with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Korda, currently ranked World No. 28, delivered a powerful performance, underlining his prowess with 12 aces in his maiden Lexus ATP Head2Head clash with Griekspoor. This victory marks Korda's impressive tenth ATP Tour semi-final appearance, and it is his fifth of the remarkable 2023 season.

Korda's ascent to the semi-finals on his Astana Open debut solidifies his status as a rising star in the tennis world, and it sets the stage for a thrilling semi-final showdown with the resurgent Hamad Medjedovic. Tennis enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly anticipating this clash of titans as these two exceptional talents vie for supremacy in Kazakhstan's prestigious tennis arena.