Gordon Reid clinched his first singles title of 2017 on Saturday after securing his second successive victory at Rotterdam’s ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nicolas Peifer of France.
World No.3 Reid secured early breaks in both sets and took the last three games of the opening set, serving out the with a forehand down the line. He took a commanding 4-0 lead in the second set and a Peifer double fault set up match point, with the Frenchman knocking a forehand into the net to give 2016 ITF World Champion Reid the victory.
“I’m very pleased with how this week went for me in Rotterdam. Not just the results, but more importantly the performances were massively improved from how I started the year in Australia,” said Reid, who completed the Rotterdam event having beaten Australian Open champion Gustavo Fernandez in the semi-finals and Australian Open runner-up Peifer in the final.
“It’s always a big opportunity to play alongside and ATP event, so I’m happy to have showcased some of my best tennis on the way to defending my title here. I’m looking forward to a good lengthy training block at home now before getting back to competing in April.”
Gordon Reid reached the men’s singles final for the second successive year on the penultimate day of Rotterdam’s ABN AMRO Tournament. Meanwhile, Alfie Hewett completed his tournament with runners-up honours in the men’s doubles alongside Gustavo Fernandez.
Second seed Reid gained the first break of serve in his semi-final against reigning Australian Open champion Gustavo Fernandez to lead 4-2. Reigning Rotterdam champion Reid earned his first set point at 5-3 in a game that saw Fernandez have a total of six break back points, but it was the British No.1 and world No.3 who held firm to take the opening set after firing down an unreturnable serve on his second set point.
Reid made the first breakthrough of the second set, too, and again led 4-2 and 5-3. This time Fernandez double faulted to give Reid match point. An error off the Argentinian’s racket subsequently handed Reid a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
The doubles final saw second seeds Hewett and Fernandez take on French top seeds and defending champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in a rematch of their Australian Open semi-final, which Hewett and Fernandez won in a deciding match tiebreak. However, Hewett and Fernandez were unable to repeat their performance at Melbourne Park and Houdet and Peifer recorded a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory to retain the Rotterdam title.
Gordon Reid maintained his men’s singles title defence in Rotterdam on Thursday after defeating Alfie Hewett 6-0, 6-4 in their all-Brit quarter-final.]
Later in the day Hewett reached his third doubles final in three successive tournaments partnering Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina.
Reid will play Fernandez in Friday’s singles semi-finals.
Reid’s liking for the courts in Rotterdam was all-apparent as he raced through the first ten games against Hewett. However, having missed the opportunity to reduce his second set deficit to 3-1, Hewett went on to win four of the next five games and saved a match point before Reid finally wrapped up victory.
With Hewett and Reid on either side of the net in the same doubles semi-final and a Brit guaranteed to reach the doubles final, Reid and Dutchman Tom Egberink reeled off seven points in a row to take the first set tiebreak against Hewett and Fernandez. However, Hewett and Fernandez got the better of the exchange of service breaks in the second set and the Australian Open runners-up went on to take the deciding match tiebreak to advance 6-7(1), 6-3 (10-5).
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will be on opposite sides of the net on two occasions in Rotterdam on Thursday after Hewett saved nine match points in his first round men’s singles match.
World No.6 Hewett eventually defeated Japan’s Takuya Miki 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(7) to book his place in the quarter-finals against Reid.
The all-Brit quarter-final will be one of Thursday’s matches available to watch on live stream from Rotterdam and is scheduled to start at 11.00 UK time. You can watch the match here.
From 6.00pm UK time Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina will face Reid and Tom Egberink of the Netherlands in the men’s doubles semi-finals, which will also be available to watch on live stream here.
Gordon Reid made a winning start to his 2017 challenge in Rotterdam after partnering Tom Egberink to reach the doubles semi-finals. Reid and Egberink defeated Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente 6-0, 6-4 to guarantee that a Brit will be in the doubles final later in the week.
As Reid aims for back-to-back doubles titles following his latest Grand Slam doubles victory at the Australian Open, he and Egberink will now meet Australian Open runners-up Alfie Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez in the semi-finals.
Hewett will be the first of the two Brits to begin his singles challenge on Wednesday evening, when he takes on Takuya Miki of Japan. Victory for Hewett would set up an all-Brit quarter-final against Reid.
Rio men’s singles finalists Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett carry British fortunes again this year in the ITF 1 Series wheelchair tennis event at Rotterdam’s ABN AMRO Tournament.
The wheelchair tennis tournament is one of several UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour events during the year to run alongside an ATP World Tour event. World No.3 Reid arrives in Rotterdam this year as the reigning men’s singles champion and is second seed. He has a bye through to the last eight and could meet world No.6 Hewett in the quarter-finals, providing Hewett comes through his first round contest against Japan’s Takuya Miki.
Reid partners Dutchman Tom Egberink in the men’s doubles and it’s the doubles quarter-finals that see Reid launch his challenge this year. Reid and Egberink face Spanish duo Daniel Caverzaschi Martin de la Puente on Tuesday evening in Rotterdam and victory would see them move on to a semi-final against Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez and Argentina, the second seeds and runners-up to Reid and Joachim Gerard in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open.