Johannesburg – Lucas Sithole won his maiden grand slam title, beating local favourite and world number one David Wagner in the US Open Quad tournament, in New York on Sunday.
“I was confident coming into the final,” said Sithole after ending Wagner's bid for a third successive US Open singles title.
“I'd like to thank the supporters and also David for sharing the experience with me on court. I really enjoy playing against him. He is a great player, one of the best in the quads.”
Sithole started the final on a jittery note with David Wagner stringing four games consecutively in the first set. Sithole regained composure via a service break in the second set to lead 4-3, before leading 5-3 and ultimately sealing the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
It was a second victory for the South African over Wagner in the same week and a record fourth this year.
It was also a first for an African and South African title at a major International Tennis Federation event. – Sapa