Lexus British Open 2023: Lapthorne and Hewett secure semi-final spots
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Andy Lapthorne and Alfie Hewett’s Lexus British Open campaigns continue after reaching the semi-finals of the quads and men’s singles events, respectively.
Defending champion Lapthorne continues to ride the crest of the wave here in Nottingham after overcoming Heath Davidson 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in a nail-biting three-set showdown to book his place in this year’s quad singles semi-finals.
Hoping to repeat history, this isn’t the first time the world No.9 claimed the scalp of Davidson, ranked world No.5, after his commanding performance in last year’s quad singles final. Despite having lost their previous three meetings, playing in front of home crowds seemingly buoyed Lapthorne to an emphatic win, moving him two matches away from retaining his title.
“Heath’s always a tough opponent,” said Lapthorne. “I have some good memories of playing on that court and against him.
“It’s always great to come back here and be at home with home comforts. Obviously winning here last year was great, and I have fond memories of being here.
“I don’t know how many in a row that is now on that court but it’s quite a few, so I have good confidence going into the semi-finals.”
Lapthorne is slated to play the world No.1 Niels Vink in the quad singles semi-finals after Vink’s victory against wildcard, Slovakian Tomas Masaryk.
The 32-year-old also progressed to the semi-finals in the doubles alongside partner Donald Ramphadi after their 6-1, 6-0 victory over British/Slovakian duo Oliver Cox and Tomas Masarykl.
The British success continued into day three after Hewett fought back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat fellow multiple-time Grand Slam champion, Stephane Houdet 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, extending his winning streak in Nottingham to six.
"Really happy to get that one done," said Hewett. "There's still a lot of work to be done, especially going into New York soon, so it was a good test."
Prior to their quarter-final clash, Houdet held their British Open head-to-head record with three of five matches in his locker, but the top seeds victory today not only levels the scoreline but sees him move closer to hi second ITF Super Series title of the year.
The 25-time Grand Slam champion – seven of which account for singles titles, and 18 doubles with fellow countryman Gordon Reid – is no stranger to the hard courts boasted by the Nottingham Tennis Centre, having become the first Brit to lift the British Open men’s singles trophy in 2021.
Hewett didn’t contest in the event last year, so as of 2021 the 25-year-old has successfully maintained a firm hold of his unbeaten record, searching for his second piece of silverware in the singles, and third in the doubles.
The Briton will face third seed, Spain’s Martin de la Punete, in the semi-final.
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