Nick Taylor and David Wagner extended their record as the most successful partnership in UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters history when they wrapped up their 10th quad title on Saturday in Bemmel, Netherlands.
Taylor and Wagner had lost out in an engrossing three-set round-robin contest on Thursday against British top seeds Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne before last year’s finalists once again finished in the top two positions after the pool matches to ensure their return to the final. However come the final and Taylor and Wagner were the more consistent partnership, sealing a 6-4, 6-3 victory after an hour and 26 minutes.
Cotterill and Lapthorne both dropped their serves as second seeds Taylor and Wagner gained a 5-2 first set cushion and although the Brits regained one break against them they could not sustain their comeback.
The second set opened with the partnerships sharing the first six games, but Taylor and Wagner eventually made the breakthrough and took the last three games to regain the title. In doing so they achieved what Cotterill and Lapthorne did in 2016, bouncing back from losing their round-robin contest to then win the final.
“It’s awesome. We missed out on it last year against these guys and we really wanted to beat them this year and get that tenth title, so it’s huge” said Taylor.
“I personally think that the more positive energy that the two of us have the better off we are. I know the more pumped up I get, generally the better I play. Sometime it goes a little too far and I start missing everything but as long as I can keep it reined in then we’re OK and it was really, really important today.
“We just had a game plan that we stuck with and we know it can work if we stick with it. And that’s what we wanted to do, stick with the game plan,” said Wagner.
“We prepared hard for that and we’re ready to give it our best every time and we showcased that today. We’re super-excited to get our tenth title after 13 finals in a row, so you couldn’t ask for a whole lot more.”