Dylan Alcott entered sporting folklore in the early hours of Thursday morning, claiming a seventh consecutive Australian Open title.
Starting just after 11pm due to a single’s quarter final going to five-sets, the world number one faced off against fierce rival in Sam Schroder on Margret Court Arena in a rematch of last year’s US Open final.
The first game went Schroder’s way, breaking Alcott’s serve, but the Aussie quickly turned it on, taking out the set winning six consecutive games, serving two of his three aces for the match.
Wasting no time, the world number one kicked off the second set winning the first three games in just 14 minutes, breaking Schroder’s serve twice in the process. The end result was a comfortable straight sets victory for Alcott, but the scoreline didn’t reflect the fight Schroder delivered, who looms as the heir apparent to Alcott as the world’s best men’s wheelchair quad player.
This was Alcott’s second title of the tournament, taking home the quad wheelchair doubles title with partner Heath Davidson on Tuesday afternoon.
Alcott has now equalled Margaret Court’s record of seven consecutive Australian Open titles, however, by winning a fourth consecutive doubles title he has surpassed her record of consecutive Australian Open wins.
The next opportunity for Alcott to create history is just around the corner.
The 30-year-old is chasing a second Career Golden Slam in quad wheelchair singles, if successful he will be the first player in tennis history to achieve two Career Golden Slams in a single discipline.