Thursday, 02 September 2021 14:15

Gordon will play Alfie for bronze medal

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and doubles partner Alfie Hewett will face each other in the bronze medal play-off after they were both beaten in the mens singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Paralympics.

They will now play each other on Saturday for a guaranteed bronze medal for one of them.

Gordon was unable to maintain his momentum after winning the first two games of his semi-final against Japanese world no.1 Shingo Kunieda, and the home favourite showed exactly why he is a 45-time Grand Slam champion as he opened up a 4-0 second set lead on his way to winning 6-3, 6-2.  

Gordon said: I think Shingo played amazing, he played a great match. He made me work for every point and unfortunately I couldn’t find the same level of performance as I found yesterday and in the rest of the tournament.

"It’s disappointing, but sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that you lost to the better player.

“Tennis is a sport that can change and turnaround the momentum on one or two points, so it’s not over until the last point, but it’s difficult when he’s on a run like that and he’s playing with so much confidence. He’s a difficult man to stop.” 

Alfie went into his semi-final against world no. 8 Tom Egberink with the Dutchman leading their career head-to-head, and Egberink continued to pose plenty of questions for his opponent, eventually winning 6-4, 7-6(5).

“I think if there’s one thing that me and Gio have in common right now, it’s probably how we feel," he said, "so we’ll be absolutely buzzing to get out there tomorrow and trying to get the opportunity of getting a gold and then we play against each other for the bronze.

"But right now we’re going to channel our thoughts into tomorrow’s match. We came here to get gold.”