Gordon Reid made it back-to-back major titles when the Australian Open champion beat Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-3, 7-6(7) on Saturday for his first men’s singles title at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Reid made the crucial breakthrough in the opening set with a forehand down the line winner to open a 4-2 lead, which he soon extended to 5-2 before serving out the set after 28 minutes.
However, neither player was able to establish a clear advantage in the second set until Reid came back from 2-0 down in the tie-break to bring up his third match point with another forehand winner. Olsson then put a forehand into the net to give Reid the ITF 1 Series title after reaching three successive semi-finals in Rotterdam over the last three years.
“I’m very happy to take the title here in Rotterdam and continue my run from Melbourne. I don’t think the quality of my tennis was as high as in Australia, but I’m proud of the way I found a way to win in some difficult matches this week. It’s been a brilliant event again this week for us, being alongside the ATP Tour players and having a great tournament director in Esther (Vergeer), who knows what the players want,” said world No.5 Reid, who beat South Africa’s Evans Maripa 6-2, 6-2 in his quarter-final on Thursday before beating world No. 1 Stephane Houdet of France for the seventh successive time with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Friday’s semi-finals.
“To come here and to have secured back-to-back wins over world No.1 players in successive tournaments is really pleasing. Stephane came here as the new world No.1 after I beat Shingo Kunieda in the first round at the Australian Open. I won my first Grand Slam singles final two weeks today in Melbourne, so it’s been an amazing couple of weeks, But there’s definitely a lot of things for me to work on over the next few weeks when I have a training block at home. So I’m looking forward to a bit of time and hard work at home,” added Reid, who’s latest success was the eighth title so far this season for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme.