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Silver lining for Norfolk

Salisbury Journal: Peter Norfolk, pictured, and Andy Lapthorne were forced to settle for gold in the wheelchair tennis quad doubles Peter Norfolk, pictured, and Andy Lapthorne were forced to settle for gold in the wheelchair tennis quad doubles

Peter Norfolk and Andy Lapthorne lost out in their bid for wheelchair tennis quad doubles gold as American duo David Wagner and Nick Taylor beat them 6-2 5-7 6-2 at Eton Manor.

The American pair won the opening set comfortably, taking it 6-2, and although Norfolk and Lapthorne rallied to claim the second set the defending champions proved too strong in the decider.

It meant Norfolk, known as the Quadfather, had to settle for a silver medal as compensation for his failure to defend his quad singles title.

When Wagner and Taylor led 3-1 in the second set they looked to be on course for a comfortable victory. But Norfolk held his serve to make it 3-2 and then Taylor's serve was broken to level the scores.

Lapthorne immediately surrendered his serve and the Americans were back in the driving seat but the Brits would lie down and broke Wagner's serve for 4-4.

Norfolk, Taylor and Lapthorne all held serve leaving Wagner serving to take the second set into a tiebreak. The British pair engineered two set points and Norfolk clinched the second set with a backhand volley.

Norfolk held serve convincingly to get the British pair off to a good start in the decider but Taylor held comfortably for 1-1.

Lapthorne was then broken as the Americans edged ahead. The Britons forged two break points on the Wagner serve. The American came up with an ace on the first of them but then double faulted to tie the scores at 2-2.

But Norfolk then lost his serve and the Americans led 3-2 with a break and when Taylor held for 4-2 the match was slipping away from the British duo.

Lapthorne then surrendered his serve with a double fault although he disputed the line judge's call that his second serve was long. That left Wagner to serve out for the match which he did convincingly to clinch the gold medal.

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