12 Feb 2014

Quarterfinalists decided in Rotterdam

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan PhotographyTom Egberink (NED)

Dutchmen Tom Egberink and Ronald Vink and Frederic Cattaneo of France won the first singles matches on the second day of the 6th ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam as the quarterfinal line-up was completed at the ITF 1 Series event.

Egberink won the match of the day as he beat the vastly experienced Austrian Martin Legner for the fifth time in six attempts, despite dropping a first set tiebreak. Egberink and Legner exchanged games throughout the opening set, with neither able to get the upper hand before Legner capitalised on a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak.

However, after taking the second set comfortably Egberink needed three match points in the final set tiebreak before securing victory. On his third match point Legner returned serve with a loose backhand that shot over the 21-year-old Dutch world No. 12’s baseline to give Egberink a 67(4) 62 76(7) victory. Egberink will now face 2013 semifinalist and third seed Gordon Reid of Great Britain in the last eight.

Vink began his bid for a third title in Rotterdam by easing through the opening set of his match against Britain’s Marc McCarroll and proceeded to take a 3-0 second set lead. However, McCarroll then found his form and despite having never taken a set of Vink he threatened to do so on his first visit to Rotterdam as he won a succession of closely fought deuce games to take the lead at 5-4.

Nevertheless, McCarroll was unable to serve out the second set and was broken comfortably and despite getting to within two points of forcing a tiebreak he saw his chances disappear, with Vink eventually sealing a 61 75 victory. Vink moves on to play his doubles partner and second seed Stephane Houdet for a place in the semifinals.

In Tuesday evening’s opening contest of the ITF 1 Series tournament Egberink had partnered Cattaneo to reach the men’s doubles semifinals and Cattaneo maintained his unbeaten record in Rotterdam with a first round singles win over wild card Alfie Hewett.

Sixteen-year-old Hewett, the world No. 1 ranked junior, provided stern opposition to the world No. 10 in their opening set, but Cattaneo’s experience finally told as he wrapped up a 64 62 win to book his place in the last eight against Belgian fourth seed Joachim Gerard.