Monday, 30 August 2021 17:48

Two more wins for Gordon

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewitt guaranteed their chance to play for a second mens doubles medal for ParalympicsGB on Monday after they also advanced to the Tokyo 2020 mens singles quarter-finals. 

On the fourth day of play at the Ariake Tennis Park, Gordon and Alfie swept aside Belgian duo Joachim Gerard and Jef Vandorpe 6-2, 6-2 as the 12-time Grand Slam champions booked a last four meeting with Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Takashi Sanada.

Gordon, who beat Sanada 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the day in the third round of the men’s singles, said: “I was pleased with the doubles performance.

"They’re a good team so I’m happy to have come through that and we’re looking forward to the next challenge. All we can control is our approach to the match, our preparation and tactics and that’s what we’ve done so successfully for the last few years.

"That’s no different here — we’re going to try to win playing our style of tennis.”

His victory over Sanada means he will play Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in his singles quarter-final.

Reflecting on his third round win, the Rio 2016 men’s singles gold medallist and world no.5 added: I was really satisfied. I thought my level was high and really consistent throughout.

"Takashi is a tricky opponent so to come away with that score line and a quick win, I couldn’t be much happier with the way it went.”