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David Wagner into Australian Open quad doubles final

Victoria Chiesa | January 24, 2022

For the 15th time in his career, David Wagner will play for the quad doubles title at the Australian Open. Wagner and British partner Andy Lapthorne, seeded No. 2, won a marathon semifinal on Monday over Japan's Koji Sugeno and South Africa's Donald Ramphadi in a match tiebreak, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, to seal a spot in the final opposite Dutch top seeds Sam Schroder and Niels Vink.

 

Lapthorne and Wagner won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, but are bidding for their first Australian Open title together since raising the trophy in 2017. 

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In each of their last four finals Down Under, they lost to the Aussie pairing of Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson, but avoided a fifth meeting with the home favorites after they were beaten by Schroder and Vink, 6-1, 7-6(3). As an individual, Wagner is bidding for his ninth quad doubles title in Australia.

 

In singles, Wagner was beaten in the semifinals by Schroder, while American Dana Mathewson, representing the U.S. in the women's event lost her first match in both singles and doubles. Mathewson, ranked at a career-high world No. 7, fell to world No. 1 Diede de Groot in both events: 6-2, 6-1 in the singles quarterfinals, and 6-0, 6-3 alongside Kgothatso Montjane to de Groot and Aniek van Koot in the doubles semifinals. 

Wednesday's final will be a rematch of two hard-court matches between the pairs in the last five months. Schroder and Vink beat Lapthorne and Wagner, 6-0, 6-3, in the final of the Melbourne Wheelchair Open the week prior to the Australian Open, and also beat the pair in the semifinals of the US Open last summer. 

 

For more from Melbourne, including complete draws, order of play and more, visit the official Australian Open website.

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