11 Feb 2016

Olsson beats second seed Peifer to Rotterdam semis

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Photo: Hannie VerhoevenStefan Olsson (SWE)

Stefan Olsson beat Nicolas Peifer for just the third time since 2010 on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour as the Swedish world No. 10 defeated higher ranked opposition for the second day in a row to reach the men’s singles semifinals at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Olsson will now play Joachim Gerard for a place in Saturday’s final, while Australian Open champion Gordon Reid will face Stephane Houdet after the French world No. 1 ended the title defence of Gustavo Fernandez at the first ITF 1 Series tournament of 2016.

Friday’s penultimate day of play in Rotterdam features the men’s singles semifinals and the men’s doubles final, the latter of which will see Houdet and Peifer take on Fernandez and Gerard.

Olsson secured an early break in the first set of his singles quarterfinal against world No. 3 Peifer before taking the opener 6-3, but despite retrieving an early break against him to lead the second set Olsson was unable to hold on and Peifer served out to force a decider.

Peifer had opportunities to move 5-3 ahead in the final set, but was unable to take his chances and instead former world No. 2 Olsson took the last three games for a 63 46 64 victory.

Gerard stormed through the opening set of his quarterfinal against home favourite Maikel Scheffers without dropping a game, but Scheffers offered much tougher resistance to take the second set to a tiebreak.

Gerard reeled off four game in succession to lead the tiebreak 4-1, but Scheffers battled back to 5-5 before his 27-year-old word No. 4 ranked Belgian opponent finally wrapped up his 60 76(5) win.

Houdet avenged his 64 64 loss to Fernandez in the semifinals in Rotterdam last year, winning their quarterfinal this time 62 64. The Frenchman will now attempt to end a sequence of six successive losses to world No. 5 and Australian Open champion Reid after the Brit’s first match since his maiden Grand Slam singles title saw him defeat South Africa’s Evans Maripa 62 62.

Top seeds Houdet and Peifer, who were also playing their first match together since their Australian doubles victory, came from a break down early in the opening set of their semifinal to win a first set tiebreak against Dutch duo Tom Egberink and Scheffers. Houdet and Peifer progressed to the final 76(6) 63.

Fernandez and Gerard put together five games in row to take the opening set of their semifinal against second seeds Olsson and Reid. Despite Olsson and Reid seemingly having a commanding 4-1 second set advantage, Fernandez and Gerard then produced a stirring comeback to force a tiebreak and booked their place in Friday’s final with a 62 76(5) victory.

Their victory ended Reid’s hopes of a fourth successive doubles title in Rotterdam.  

Men's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw