16 Feb 2018

Top seeds through to Rotterdam semis

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Photo: Hannie VerhoevenAlfie Hewett (GBR)

The four top seeds will contest Friday’s men’s singles semifinals at the 10th ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as world No. 1 Alfie Hewett lines up alongside three former champions in Rotterdam.

Hewett will face two-time defending champion Gordon Reid in an all-British last four contest, while 2010 champion Stephane Houdet and 2015 champion Gustavo Fernandez will contest the other semifinal.

With Hewett coming into this year’s ITF 1 Series event having not previously reached the last four in Rotterdam, his first competitive match since becoming world No. 1 saw the Briton lead Joachim Gerard by a set and 5-1 before Gerard launched a comeback to take the next three games. However Hewett finally wrapped up a 64 64 win with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Hewett will now play Reid in a rematch of their 2017 quarterfinal. Reid opened his bid to become the first three-time singles champion in Rotterdam with a rematch of last year’s final against Frenchman Nicolas Peifer. Having dropped just three games to Peifer to lift his second World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament title 12 months ago, Reid wrapped up another straight sets victory this year, winning 63 63.

The latest contest between 2018 Wimbledon finalists Gustavo Fernandez and Stefan Olsson saw Olsson net a backhand to hand world No. 2 Fernandez the break that he needed to seal a close opening set in their quarterfinal.

Olsson took the first game of the second set, but a sequence of four games in succession put Fernandez back in the ascendancy and the Argentinian wrapped up a hard-won 75 63 victory.

World No. 4 Houdet dominated the other quarterfinal to defeat Dutch 18-year-old Ruben Spaargaren 61 60.  

Gerard and Olsson beat doubles top seeds Houdet and Peifer

Although bowing out of the men’s singles to the top two seeds, Gerard and Olsson brought top seeds Houdet and Peifer’s bid for a third successive men’s doubles title to an end in a surprise outcome to their semiifinal.

Gerard and Olsson beat the French duo 76(3) 62 and will play second seeds Hewett and Reid in Friday’s doubles final.

Playing doubles together in Rotterdam for the first time, reigning UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters champions Hewett and Reid raced through the opening set of their semifinal against Frederic Cattaneo and Evans Maripa before the French-South African partnership battled back from 5-1 down to 5-4 in the second set. However, Hewett and Reid regrouped to complete a 61 64 win.