Australian Open quads doubles champion Lucas Sithole saw his hopes of a place in the quad singles final fade when he was edged out 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 by world number one Australian Dylan Alcott in his third of three round-robin singles matches in Melbourne on Friday. The Australian took the first set but Sithole fought back to secure a 7-5 thriller in the second set in 42 minutes. But Alcott was unstoppable in the deciding set at 3-3 taking the set 6-3 to reach the final.
It was a rematch of last year where Sithole lost to Alcott, with the 25-year-old securing a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the quad singles division at Melbourne Park. Sithole says: ‘I played well in patches, but I could not finish the match. I feel disappointed but know what to work on for next time.’ The 29-year-old will not be returning home empty-handed after he secured his first Grand Slam doubles title with former world number one David Wagner in Melbourne on Thursday.
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