Monday, 15 February 2021 15:36

Gordon on course for record

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett are through to a second successive Australian Open mens doubles final at Melbourne Park.

The pair had a 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 doubles semi-final victory today over Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda, the Argentine-Japanese duo who brought Hewett and Reid’s 16 match and seven tournament winning streak to an end in the lead-in to this year’s Australian Open.

However, the Brits dug deep to keep alive their hopes of equalling the British record of ten Grand Slam doubles titles amassed by brothers Laurie and Reginald Doherty between 1897 and 1903. 

Gordon, who had earlier slipped to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 loss to Belgian Joachim Gerard in the singles semi-finals, said: “I think their game improved a lot in the second set. They're no.1 and no.2 in the world in singles for a reason and they came out with that form in the second set and started to play some really good doubles.

"I think our level maybe dropped a little bit in the second set. Me personally, I probably switched off and got a little bit down around some points, but going into the third set match tiebreak it was really, really good from both of us. When it comes to those moments we are just really, really clinical, we're consistent.” 

They will renew their rivalry with French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in Wednesday’s doubles final.