As Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid hauled their way into their third men’s doubles last while the entire world toppled No 2 in under one hour at the quad division a very clean sweep was of success for British players in the usa Open.
Hewett and Reid dropped just four points from the first four matches prior to sealing the set in a rematch of their past two finals defending winners. They continued their domination to speed over Nicolas Peifer and duo Stephane Houdet to some victory.
“It is not what we expected to occur but I am glad we could win with this scoreline and because fashion,” Reid told Sky Sports. “Obviously we understand when we play well we can place people away but to be truthful I do not think that was what happened in that first set, I believe we just did the basics well and maybe got off to a quicker start than those.”
It was a match where they revealed the work they had been putting in from competition and one where consistency was the key to their success.
“I believed we were fairly strong at the beginning and we didn’t give away a lot of cheap points and once we do we create chances so in the second group if they gave us a great deal more to think about we reacted well, didn’t find tight and just played our game,” said Hewett.
They hope to make it a hat-trick of names in New York and will now face Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez at Saturday.
On court five, Lapthorne was working his magic from David Wagner, requiring 59 minutes to dispatch the American 6-1 6-1 – his comprehensive win over Wagner in their 62 livelihood meetings.
“Hard work pays off and also to begin to eventually execute the manner I have been doing day in, day out in training is pretty special,” said Lapthorne.
“There were glimpses of it at Wimbledon and the British Open and since I’ve had a terrific week training in Tokyo and also to translate what I have been doing about the practice court on a large stage against a fantastic player I’ve put myself in a good place to hopefully move in the number two spot in the ranks.”
It was a performance which saw a lots that is fist-pumps in the Brit and one at which he looked cool, calm and collected from start to finish.
“I really don’t know what it is but because the injury I have come back and I’m becoming far more worried than I was able to,” he said. “Maybe it’s because when you are out because of an injury you realise how much you miss it.
“For me personally though it’s just understanding that when I get anxious I play nicely so I’m not trying to eliminate the nerves, I am only taking them.”
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