Gustavo Fernandez wins Twice at Melbourne Open

Photo: Edwin Martinez (Creative Commons License)

Another Australian Open warm up wrapped up on Saturday as the Melbourne Open completed at Hume. The big winner was Argentine Gustavo Fernandez who managed a win in both the men’s singles and doubles to boost his confidence ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

It has been a long time between drinks for Fernandez as he hasn’t been able to win a title since July 2016. In the end he managed a straight sets victory in the singles final as he defeated British Paralympic Champion Gordon Reid, emerging after a difficult first set, winning 7-6, 6-1.

The two have had a number of enthralling battles over recent years, with Reid seemingly having the better of the Argentine. Reid managed to beat Fernandez at the Paralympic Games but this result now levels their 26 match series at 13 wins each.

Fernandez’s doubles win was also impressive, as he partnered with British player Alfie Hewett, the first time the two had been paired together. It was an impressive win for the combination as they beat the number one seeded combination of Joachim Gerard and Nicolas Peifer claiming a 6-3, 6-4 win in the final.

There was an impressive win in the women’s singles final as Japan’s Yui Kamiji recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory. The world number two was far too strong for Dutch player Aniek van Koot and she showed why she’s so highly ranked.

The two will now go to the Australian Open, which starts later this week, full of confidence, expecting big things. Of course the field in the grand slam event will be much tougher but tennis often thrives on momentum.


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