Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne face familiar opponents in US Open final

Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne sailed into the quad and open singles finals of the US Open men respectively of showcasing a number of their very best tennis after a week.
The pair stay on course to possibly finish a US Open double using both featuring from the doubles finals in their branches too.
Hewett, who performed his quarter-final and semi-final in precisely the same day due to rain storms, has made it to this point .
He started the day with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victory over Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and following this up with equally as powerful semi-final performance against France’s Nicolas Peifer taking only 75 minutes to come out on top 6-3 6-4.
„I love it here,“ Hewett told Sky Sports. „The Warriors fit my game design really nicely, I just feel relaxed and I feel that I can play my best tennis. It is very good to get rewarded after all the hard work which has gone all year.“
Even the seven-time Grand Slam champion will now play in his third consecutive US Open final and it will be a re-match against France’s Stephane Houdet of the first one way back into 2017.
On that occasion he finished with honours, however, he’s hoping for a different result this time around here this year as defending winner.
„All I could say is up to Stephane due to his semi-final outcome against Gustavo (Fernandez), who is likely player of the year concerning kind,“ the British No 1 added. „So I do not doubt that Stephane is enjoying some really wonderful tennis at the moment and I know I am in for another battle .
„Obviously I would like a while for your 2017 final here and I have had great results against him the last few times we have played so the chance is that but once again it’s taking it point by point and just keeping the mindset I have had from the other games.“
However, Hewett isn’t the only Brit seeking to turn the tables.
Andy Lapthorne booked his place in the singles final with a win over Bryan Barten and scored his second victory in the round-robin phases 6-1 6-3.
He’ll satisfy a participant on track to complete the calendar Grand Slam if he is victorious, Australia’s Dylan Alcott.
In Friday’s round-robin encounter between the group, Lapthorne showcased some of the standard of tennis we’ve seen from him since returning from harm.
He made himself two match points while taking on Alcott, nearly ending the World No 1 singles run, which extends back into August 2018.
However, the British No 1 was not able to choose the opportunity.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the World No 3 said:“I’ve learnt that I can conquer him. Friday was a difficult one. I played extremely well for parts and I had the game on my own strings.
„But I’ve given myself another opportunity to go up from Dylan here and when I get the opportunity to be in this position again I need to put those balls off and I can get myself another game point and I can finish this off this time.“
Following his struggle for the singles titles he’ll include in the final along with the world.
„it is a significant day and I’ve got two big games tomorrow“ Lapthorne stated.
„However, this is why we play, this is precisely the reason why we train to maintain such positions and it is always fantastic to be playing against and with the best player on earth at a few of the greatest leagues in the world“

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