Photo: Philippe BuissinStephane Houdet (FRA)
Stephane Houdet of France and Ronald Vink of the Netherlands will meet in the men’s singles final at the World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, for the third year in succession on Saturday after two fascinating semifinals on the second day of competition in Rotterdam.
World No. 2 Houdet came from behind in both sets of his last four contest against 2009 champion Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands, snatching the opening set on a tiebreak before coming from 5-2 down in the second set to seal a 76 75 victory.
In the other semifinal defending champion Vink inflicted a third loss of 2012 on his fellow Dutchman and world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers.
After losses in Melbourne and Sydney to Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz, Scheffers was unable recover early deficits against Vink in both sets of their match and world No. 5 Vink went on to seal a 62 63 victory to repeat his semifinal win over Scheffers in Rotterdam in 2010.
Houdet will go into Sunday’s final with a 17-4 lead in head-to-heads against Vink in NEC Tour matches, Vink only win over the Frenchman since the start of 2011 having come in the 2011 final in Rotterdam, which Vink won 75 61.
It will be the fourth time that Houdet and Vink have met in the tournament since its inception in 2009, Houdet having won their quarterfinal in 2009 an the final in 2010, before Vink’s victory last year.
Australian Open finalists maintain unbeaten doubles records
Houdet and his compatriot Nicolas Peifer joined Ammerlaan and Vink in maintaining a 100 per cent record after the second of their three men’s doubles round-robin matches.
Houdet and Peifer defeated the all-Dutch pairing of Tom Egberink and Scheffers 63 76(2), while Ammerlaan and Vink produced a highly impressive performance for the second day in succession when they defeated Frederic Cattaneo of France and Stefan Olsson of Sweden 60 64.
Houdet and Peifer will now face Ammerlaan and Vink in their third and final round-robin match on Sunday, the contest being a rematch of the recent Australian Open final that Ammerlaan and Vink won in three sets.
Men's Singles Final - LIVE Streaming
The men's singles final is scheduled to start at 15.30 local Rotterdam time on Saturday.
Live streaming for the final will be available via the link below.