Alcott clinches historic quad quartet
Alcott or Wagner won the previous five men's quad singles titles at Melbourne Park.
Hometown hero Dylan Alcott is in a league of his own having lifted an unprecedented fourth successive Australian Open men’s quad singles title, courtesy of a 7-6(1) 6-1 triumph over top seed David Wagner.
“I’m feeling awesome. Four in a row. Pretty good start. It’s been a big couple days, crazy two weeks. I was pretty glad I could top it off with a win. David played really well. In particular in the first set it was pretty close,” said an elated Alcott.
“It’s perfect. The support of Australia and the media and the press, it’s just so great to be part of.
“I do love this trophy. It’s beautiful. It’s just been a whirlwind five, six years. A lot of hard work.
The duo duelled in a pulsating two-and-a-half-hour battle in the round robin stages, when Alcott saved four match points, before three-time champion Wagner stole the victory.
However, Melbourne local Alcott would not be denied adding to his silverware haul in the final on Rod Laver Arena.
A whipped backhand cross court winner set the tone at 2-1, but the 27-year-old couldn’t quite convert his break chance.
Wagner, in his 10th Australian Open final, illustrated remarkable resolve to stave off break chances at 4-3, with the opener destined for a tiebreak.
Alcott chased down a low Wagner drive, to flick a last-ditch backhand passing shot down the line. The home charge orchestrated the crowd, with the winner providing the catalyst for an exemplary breaker.
An acute volley winner and searing smash sent Alcott into the ascendancy, before another backhand pass struck the decisive blow for a set lead on 58 minutes.
Alcott demonstrated sublime reactions to deflect a volley from the baseline past Wagner to dismiss an opening for the American.
That was the final challenge as the reigning champion commanded proceedings with 46 winners in front of his ardent support from friends and family to have his name etched onto the trophy once again.
“I went to bed last night. I actually couldn’t sleep. That was pretty cool,” continued the champion.
“Four, I felt a little bit more relieved, because of the ANZ ad, Will Smith buildup, Rod Laver last night. If I choked, I would have felt really flat, because this is the icing on the perfect two weeks.
“I worked really hard to get ready for this one. A lot of 6:00 a.m. boxing and this kind of stuff, to be able to put into the game today and win pretty easy in the end, I was happy.”