The Round Robin for the quad singles at the Australian Open has been completed and it has gone according to script. In the final match on Friday, Dylan Alcott claimed a straight sets victory over American David Wagner, pleasing the home crowd.
The top two quad tennis players in the world wrote another chapter in their enthralling rivalry which has been one of the highlights of the Australian Open. Alcott has been attracting big crowds at Melbourne Park this year, and that has led to a rare honor for a Wheelchair Tennis player, an appointment on Center Court at a Grand Slam tournament. That comes after the Australian Open organizers announced that the quad singles final will be played at the Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Women’s Singles final which features the Williams sisters.
Alcott will go in to the match full of confidence as he continued his domination of the quad singles division. Alcott has won through to the final without dropping a set and will face the man he beat on Friday in Saturday’s final.
A dominant first set performance from Alcott laid the foundations to the straight sets victory as he won the first 6-1. Alcott was just more clinical than Wagner, making just two unforced errors in the set compared to Wagner’s four, while converting every shot he had at the net.
The second set was much tougher for Alcott, who started to make mistakes but came back winning three straight games to close the set with a 7-5 win. Alcott made five double faults in the second set, equaling the number Wagner made through the whole match.
Despite that Alcott’s ground game was able to bring him back in to the set and claim the win, as he conceded the net to Wagner. The late charge pushed Alcott to top the round robin and he will feel confident ahead of Saturday’s final, which will be against Andy Lapthorne, after Wagner’s loss eliminated him.