12 Feb 2016

Olsson and Reid into Rotterdam Final

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Photo: Hannie VerhoevenGordon Reid (GBR)

Gordon Reid and Stefan Olsson will contest Saturday’s men’s singles final at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after both defeating higher ranked opponents in Friday’s semifinals in Rotterdam.

Meanwhile, with Olsson and Reid having started the week as doubles partners before a straight sets semifinal loss to Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard, Fernandez and Gerard found themselves on the wrong end of the score line in the doubles final as Australian Open champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France clinched the title.

Less than two weeks since sealing his maiden Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne, Australian Open champion Reid bounced back from dropping the opening set of his singles semifinal to world No.1 Houdet to twice break the Frenchman’s serve at the start the final set.

Although Houdet retrieved one of the breaks, world No. 5 Reid held on for a 46 63 64 victory and his seventh successive win over Houdet. 

“I played the important points well and pulled out my best tennis when I needed to,” said Reid. “It’s a nice feeling to have beaten world No.1 players in back-to-back tournaments as Stephane came here as the new world No.1 after I beat Shingo Kunieda in the first round at the Australian Open.

“There are things I can improve on in the final, but I’m very happy to get to the singles final here in Rotterdam for the first time after three successive singles semifinals and three straight doubles titles.”

Wold No. 10 Olsson and world No. 4 Gerard exchanged holds of serve to begin their semifinal before the Swede took four of the last five games of the opening set.

Olsson gained an immediate break at the start of the second set and soon established a 5-1 lead before wrapping up his third victory in three days against a higher ranked opponent 63 62, sealing his latest win with an ace on his second match point.

Houdet and Peifer earned the first break of the doubles final to lead 3-2 and maintained their cushion to take the first set 6-4. The top seeds and Australian Open champions again followed a similar pattern in the second set, breaking to lead 2-1 and eventually took the first ITF 1 men’s doubles title of 2016 64 64.

Men's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw