As Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid stormed their way into their men’s doubles final while the world toppled No 2 at the division a sweep was of success for British players at the united states Open.
In a rematch of the two finals defending champions Hewett and Reid dropped four points in the first four matches before sealing the set. They continued their domination to speed over Nicolas Peifer along with French duo Stephane Houdet to your victory.
“It’s not exactly what we expected to occur but I am happy we can win with that scoreline and in that fashion,” Reid told Sky Sports. “Obviously we understand when we play well we can put people off but to be honest I don’t think that was exactly what occurred in that first group, I believe we just did the basics extremely well and maybe got off to a quicker start than those.”
It was a game where they demonstrated the work they were putting in from competition and also one where consistency was the key to their achievement.
“I believed we were quite strong at the beginning and we did not give away too many cheap points and when we do we create chances so in the second group when 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 will confront Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez at Saturday’s last and wish to make it a hat-trick of names in New York.
On court five, Lapthorne worked his magic from David Wagner, requiring 59 minutes to dispatch the American 6-1 6-1 – his most comprehensive win over Wagner in their 62 livelihood meetings.
“Hard work pays off and also to start to eventually do the way I have been doing day in, day out in training is pretty special,” said Lapthorne.
“There were glimpses of it in Wimbledon and the British Open and since then I’ve had a wonderful week coaching in Tokyo and also to translate what I’ve been doing on the practice court on a big stage against a fantastic player I have placed myself in a good place to hopefully move in the number two spot in the rankings.”
It was a performance that saw a lots that is fist-pumps in the Brit and one where he looked cool, calm and collected in begin to finish.
“I don’t understand what it is but because the injury I’ve come back and I am becoming a lot more worried than I was able to,” he said. “Maybe it is because when you’re out due to an injury you realise how much you really miss it.
“For me personally though it’s just understanding when I get anxious I perform nicely so I am not attempting to get rid of the nerves, I’m just taking them.”
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