Friday, 26 July 2019 11:03

Gordon faces world no.1

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid  kept alive his hopes of lifting a singles title at the 30th British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships when he secured his place in the semi-finals on yesterday’s third day of play at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

On another good day for players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme, Gordon took full advantage of an early break against Dutch wold no.9 Tom Egberink, carrying his form into the second set to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

He will play world no.1 and 2017 British Open champion Gustavo Fernandez for a place in this year’s final.

After extending his unbeaten career record against Egberink to 16 matches, Gordon said: Tom’s got a lot of confidence at the moment, but I was in control most of the match. It’s a good match up for me and I have a good plan against him.

"I feel like I’m striking the ball as well as I have done for the last couple of years. I’m happy with the way I’m playing and while it’s a big challenge against Gustavo, who is in the form of his life at the minute, I feel there’s definitely a chance to win it.”

There was added success for the Brit partnership of Gordon and Alfie Hewett.

The reigning US Open champions came from a set and 3-1 down to edge out 2018 British Open champions and reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champions Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach Saturday’s men’s doubles final.