24 Oct 2013

French trio reach men's quarters in Nottingham

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan PhotographyFrederic Cattaneo (FRA)

Three Frenchmen, two Brits and two Dutchmen will contest Friday’s men’s singles quarterfinals at the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after all eight seeds comfortably advanced to the last eight on the second day of the ITF 1 Series tournament, while all four seeds moved into the quad singles semifinals.

Third seed Jeremiasz was one of three French seeded players to secure 60 60 wins in the second round, alongside fourth seed Nicolas Peifer and sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo who will now meet in quarterfinals, guaranteeing a French semifinalist.

World No. 7 Jeremiasz will now meet local Nottinghamshire favourite and eighth seed David Phillipson after Phillipson’s 61 62 victory over his fellow Brit Paul Stewart.

At the top of the men’s draw world No. 3 and defending champion Maikel Scheffers and fifth seed Ronald Vink dropped just two games apiece in their all-Dutch quarter-finals against Pim Palmen and Rody de Bie respectively. Scheffers and Vink will go head-to-head in the quarterfinals to decide which of them represents Netherlands in the semifinals.

What is certain in the top half of the men’s draw is that one Dutchman and one Frenchman will contest the semifinals.

There will also be a quarterfinal clash between Britain’s top two ranked players Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll after second seed Reid and seventh seed McCarroll both won their second round matches 60 60.

World No. 4 Reid, the 2011 Nottingham Indoor champion and 2012 runner-up to Scheffers, eased to victory over young Dutchman Carlos Anker, while McCarroll beat a British opponent for the second successive day when he powered past Scott Smith.

“I’m very pleased with how it’s all coming together,” said McCarroll. “I’ve got some new things I’ve been working on and I’m trying them out this week and it’s so far, so good. I’m really looking forward to the battle of the Brits now against Gordon.”

Lapthorne makes comfortable start to quad singles defence

Andy Lapthorne made a confident start to his quad singles title defence on Thursday.

After his first round bye, top seed Lapthorne will be one of three Brits in Friday’s quad singles semifinals after defeating Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo 62 63. With all four seeds advancing to the last four, world No. 3 Lapthorne will play fellow Brit and fourth seed Adam Field for a place in the final following Field’s 62 63 victory over Israel’s Haim Lev.

“It was a comfortable start for me and there’s plenty to build on for the rest of the week, but I’m happy with today’s performance and I look forward to defending my title so that I can go into next month’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters full of confidence,” said Lapthorne.

In the bottom half of the quad singles draw, Britain’s world No. 8 Antony Cotterill also opened his campaign in style. Second seed Cotterill defeated fellow Brit Jack Pegram 63 60. Third seed Antonio Raffaele interrupted the British domination after the Italian beat 16-year-old Ian Payne 61 62, repeating his win over Payne in the final of the Austrian Open in August.