Dylan Alcott is now only one match win away from attaining one other slice of sporting historical past after the Australian wheelchair tennis ace raced into the ultimate of the quad singles on the US Open in New York.
The 30-year-old Melburnian defeated Japanese veteran Koji Sugeno 6-2 6-1 at Flushing Meadows in New York to ebook his place in what may show a historic showdown with teenage rival Niels Vink.
If he beats the 18-year-old Dutchman, Paralympic gold medallist Alcott, already a victor on the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season, will change into the primary man in any type of tennis to win a ‘golden slam’ of 5 singles titles, a feat that may solely be achieved in an Olympic/Paralympic yr.
However Vink delivered an early psychological blow when, after the 2 singles finalists had loved a quick relaxation, he gained the quad doubles title along with his compatriot Sam Schroder, beating the top-seeded all-Aussie mixture of Alcott and Heath Davidson 6-3 6-2 in 73 minutes.
Alcott, searching for his third US Open singles title and fifteenth main in complete, has misplaced simply 4 video games en path to the singles last after taking simply 55 minutes to hammer Sugeno, which took his season’s file to 19 wins in 20 matches.
Vink, who Alcott beat within the hardest of semi-finals on the Tokyo Paralympics, took an hour-and-a-half to win his semi-final 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in opposition to Briton Andy Lapthorne.
Within the wheelchair doubles, British duo Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid achieved their very own grand slam, changing into the primary males’s pairing to win all of the majors in the identical calendar yr.
They’d been heartbroken to lose their Paralympic last however bounced again to defeat Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda 6-2 6-1 on Saturday to say their eighth successive slam.