Saturday, 08 September 2018 10:16

Gordon in US doubles final

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid went out of the US Open mens singles in New York in the quarter-finals — but is in the mens doubles final.

While he led Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 4-2 in the second set, the Rio Paralympic champion was unable to set up what would have been a second all-Brit US Open singles semi-final against Alfie Hewett, and Fernandez ultimately closed out a 6-1, 6-4 win.

However, fortunes were reversed in the doubles semi-finals as Gordon and Alfie extended their unbeaten record against Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Grand Slam semi-finals to five matches.

Having won a gruelling first set 7-5 before rain caused play to be suspended, thry made a quick start to Friday’s deciding match tie-break, opening up a 4-0 lead before finally wrapping up victory 7-5, 4-6, (10-6) after two hours and 33 minutes.

They now play top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer for the US Open title for the second year in a row.

Gordon said: “It feels great to be in the final here again with Alfie. Today was about winning ugly after a long delay from yesterday’s first set.

"We’ll be looking to up the quality in the final against the French pair.”

  • Photo by courtesy of the Tennis Foundation.

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