WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Jiri Lehecka in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals


No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas took one step closer to first Grand Slam title after defeating surprise quarterfinalist Jiri Lehecka, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4, on Tuesday evening inside Rod Laver Arena.

The victory sent Tsitsipas back into the Australian Open semifinals for the third year in a row, and for the fourth time in the last five editions of the tournament.

He credited experience, and "a good Spartan attitude” for getting him out of the tough moments during the tight second set—a detail that earned a round of applause from the many Greek fans in the stands.

The world No. 4 has been feeling right at home in Melbourne, which is considered to be the largest Greek city in the world after Athens and Thessaloniki.

Tsitsipas has also been flexing the Aussie slang and taking in the local culture all fortnight long—but something, or someone, is still missing, as he told Jim Courier during the on-court interview:

Q. Speaking of Spartan, you’ve talked about how there’s no Grand Slam tournament in Greece. This feels like your home Grand Slam. How was the crowd tonight?

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: Can you hear them? (applause) Australia is such a great country. I like a lot of Aussie things. My favorite actress comes from Australia, Margot Robbie.

Q. Margot Robbie? Are you pitching [her] right now? (laughing) Are you making her an offer, or what are we seeing here?

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: It would be nice to see her over there [in the stands] someday!

Q. So you’re officially extending an invitation to Margot Robbie?



It would be a 'Bombshell' indeed if Aussie actress Margot Robbie takes up Stefanos Tsitsipas' invitation...

It would be a 'Bombshell' indeed if Aussie actress Margot Robbie takes up Stefanos Tsitsipas' invitation...

Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, the Oscar nominated actress—best known for her work in Bombshell, I, Tonya and Suicide Squad—is probably a bit busy promoting her latest project, Babylon.

With or without Robbie in the stands, the top-ranked Greek player is likely loving his chances at the Australian Open—where he is now the highest seeded player left, after a tournament full of upsets.

But now, he’s also playing with a bit of extra motivation to lift his first major trophy, as he revealed later during the interview.

“I’ve recently become [more involved] when it comes to charity,” Tsitsipas said. “I would love one day, hopefully winning the Aussie Open, and giving a big portion of the prize money to build a school in Victoria, which is the State of Education. I’d like to do that.”

Tsitsipas will face No. 18 seed Karen Khachanov in the semifinals on Thursday.