Quotes from Gordon Reid after beating Frederic Cattaneo of France 6-0, 6-2 to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Gordon players Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in the last eight on Tuesday 13 September.
“I think that was one of the best matches I’ve ever played and I’m really loving it out there on Centre Court. I’m soaked through right now and it was the hottest we’ve had it so far but to have only dropped five games in singles so far is really great.
“I’m feeling relaxed and confident out here and I think my recent Grand Slam success, particularly at Wimbledon this year, has helped on that front. I’ve got good momentum and form coming into the Games and I’m used to have plenty of singles and doubles matches going on.
“The Paralympics are still the pinnacle of wheelchair tennis and I do feel a bit of pressure to perform well and showcase the sport and entertain the crowds. But they seemed to be absolutely loving it last night when we had a packed house for the doubles and I know lots of people back home are tuning in on Channel 4 so I hope we can create more wheelchair tennis fans for the future.”
Gordon and Alfie Hewett also play Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida in Tuesday’s men’s doubles semi-finals after beating Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente (ESP) 6-2, 6-0 in Mondays quarter-finals.
Gordon Reid: “It’s been a pretty good day so far with two wins and not too much time spent on court. We were playing really well as a team and our confidence continues to grow when we’re on court together.
“Nothing has changed, we’re still here for that gold medal and we’re feeling good about it. The matches are getting serious now but that doesn’t change how I prepare, I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
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