Scots wheelchair tennis ace Gordon Reid was in red-hot form in the Sunshine State to win another championship.
13 April 2012
Gordon teamed up with Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz for the doubles event, and in their first two matches they dropped just two games.
They then took on the top seeds, Dutch duo Robin Ammerlaan and Roland Vink, in the semi-finals.
But they upset the odds to win 6-4, 6-3 and face another all-Dutch pair in the final.
World number one Scheffers teamed up with Tom Egerbrink but they too were overcome 6-4, 6-1 for Gordon and Michael to clinch the title.
Gordon, who is British number one, also saved three match points to beat Japan’s Satoshi Saida in the second round of the singles event. At 1-6, 6-3, 3-5 down, things looked bleak, but he dug in to win the next four games and seal a remarkable victory.
However, the effort took its toll against top seed Scheffers in the quarter-finals. Despite gaining an early 4-1 lead, and giving it his best shot throughout, Gordon lost 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
But that couldn’t overshadow his doubles victory. He said: “It was a fantastic week playing with Michael and it’s our first doubles title together.
“We reached the final of the first doubles event we played in Spain a couple of years ago and only lost that in a deciding set championship tie-break.”
On the singles defeat Gordon added: “It was another great match between us and credit to Maikel, he played well and deserved the win.”
Gordon remains at world number 13 in the men’s singles rankings published by the International Tennis Federation, while also climbing two places to the same slot in the men’s doubles rankings.