Australia’s Dylan Alcott advances to US Open final with straight-set victory over Japan’s Koji Sugeno
Dylan Alcott is one game away from winning another slice of sporting history after Australian wheelchair tennis ace advanced to quad singles final at US Open in New York .
- Dylan Alcott within one win of 15th major quad singles title and ‘golden slam’ after reaching US Open final
- Australian wheelchair tennis star beat Japan’s Koji Sugeno to stage a final against Dutch player Niels Vink
- Alcott and fellow Aussie Heath Davidson lost their quad final to Vink and Sam Schroder 6-3, 6-2
Melburnian, 30, beat Japanese veteran Koji Sugeno 6-2, 6-1 at Flushing Meadows to reserve his place in what could prove to be a historic showdown with teenage rival Niels Vink.
If he beats the 18-year-old Dutchman, Paralympic gold medalist Alcott, already a winner at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season, will become the first man of any form of tennis to win. winning a “golden slam” of five singles titles, a feat that can only be achieved in one Olympic / Paralympic year.
Alcott, in search of his third US Open singles title and 15th overall, lost just four games en route to the final after taking just 55 minutes to hammer Sugeno, which carried his season record of 19 wins in 20 games.
Vink, whom Alcott beat in the toughest semi-finals of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, took an hour and a half to win his semi-final 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 against Briton Andy Lapthorne.
However, Alcott didn’t have it his way. He and his partner Heath Davidson lost to Vink and fellow Dutchman Sam Schroder 6-3, 6-2 in a similar result to the Paralympic gold medal game in Tokyo earlier this month.
In the wheelchair doubles open division, British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid achieved their own Grand Slam, becoming the first men’s duo to win all major tournaments in the same calendar year.
They were heartbroken to lose their Paralympic final, but rebounded to defeat Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to win their eighth consecutive slam.
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