In the second Quad Wheelchair Singles tournament at Wimbledon, Dylan Alcott claimed his second title at The Championships, the 14th Grand Slam Title of his career.
Alcott and Schroder couldn’t be at more different points in their careers, 30-year-old Alcott is in the twilight of his career, signalling at both the French Open and Wimbledon he may not return, while the 21-year-old Schroder is still new to the Grand Slam Circuit yet boasts one Grand Slam title already.
What they do share is the four Grand Slam Finals they’ve played one another in, in the past 12 months, a record Alcott now holds a 4-1 lead-in, only failing to beat Schroder at the US Open to date.
An Aussie crowd cheers Alcott on to victory
Opting to serve first Alcott was off to a flying start, hitting two winners and an ace in his first game. The Dutchman showed a lot of calm after a nervy first game to outsmart the Australian twice in his first service game.
Schroder threatened to break in the following game but Alcott was switched on, letting out a boisterous “Come on, baby,” the Australian brought the game back to deuce before finishing the game with successive winners, tapping his head as if to tell fans watching on court three or at home that his mind was definitely in this match.
The world number one found the break in the fourth game, but the stunning moment from the game wasn’t any one of Alcott’s three winners but the ace Schroder served to bring the game to deuce. Schroder quickly broke back, with Alcott giving up two points due to double faults.
The turning point in the set came seven minutes into the sixth, following the fourth deuce Alcott sent a ball that bounced mid-court, Schroder managed to pick it up but a quick cross courter from the Australian took him to advantage and his third breakpoint for the game. Schroder proceeded to double-fault to give up the break.
With momentum on his side, Alcott comfortably won the next game and broke once more to claim the first set.
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The quick changeover between the sets didn’t slow any of Alcott’s momentum who continued his aggressive play to claim the first game.
The Australian looked to take the second game of the set but Schroder managed to hold on, with several carefully placed shots that Alcott couldn’t get to.
The defending Champion’s serve was almost his undoing, offering Schroder two breakpoints due to double faults but Alcott managed to piece it together and hold his serve. It looked like the 21-year-old was going to make short work of the next game but Alcott fought his way back into it to take the break.
Much like the first set Schroder fought to take back the break in the next game, however, unbothered Alcott broke once more in a 40-love game.
Just two games away from a 14th Grand Slam Title, Alcott and the crowd were full of plenty of energy willing the Australian through his service game.
That energy only picked up when he took the lead in Schroder’s service game as Alcott took the first point and didn’t look back, once again winning 40-love to take the Wheelchair Quad Singles Title at Wimbledon.
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The next time Australians are likely to see Alcott is at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, where he will chase a golden slam, the first to do so in any discipline to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988.
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