A very sweep was of success for players in the united states Open as Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid stormed their way to their men’s doubles final while the world toppled No 2 in the division in less than an hour.
Prior to sealing the very first place in a rematch of their two finals defending winners Hewett and Reid dropped only four points from the first four games. They continued their domination to speed over Nicolas Peifer along with duo Stephane Houdet to a 6-0 6-3 victory.
“It is not exactly what we expected to occur but I am glad we can win with that scoreline and in that fashion,” Reid told Sky Sports. “Obviously we understand when we play well we could place people away but to be truthful I don’t think that was what happened in that first group, I think we just did the basics well and maybe got off to a faster start than them.”
It was a match where the work they had been putting in from also one and competition where consistency was the key to their own success was demonstrated by them.
“I believed we were fairly strong at the start and we didn’t give away too many cheap points and when we do we create chances so in the second set if they gave us a whole good deal more to consider we reacted well, didn’t find tight and played our game,” said Hewett.
They want to make it a hat-trick of doubles titles in New York and will now face Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez in Saturday.
On court , Lapthorne worked his magic from David Wagner, shooting 59 minutes to dispatch that the American 6-1 6-1 – his comprehensive win over Wagner in their 62 career meetings.
“Hard work pays off and also to start to eventually perform the way I have been doing day in, day out in practice is pretty special,” explained Lapthorne.
“You will find glimpses of it at Wimbledon and the British Open and since then I’ve had a wonderful week training in Tokyo and to translate what I have been doing on the practice court on a big stage against a fantastic player I’ve set myself in a great position to hopefully move into the number two spot in the rankings.”
It was a performance which saw a lots that is fist-pumps from the Brit and one where he looked cool, calm and collected in begin to finish.
“I don’t know exactly what it is but because the harm I’ve come back and I am becoming far more nervous than I was able to,” he said. “Maybe it’s because when you’re out due to an accident you realise just how far you really miss it.
“For me personally though it is just understanding when I get anxious I perform well so I’m not hoping to eliminate the nerves, I’m just taking them.”