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Gun Italian achieves ‘unbelievable’ AO feat

Dylan Alcott is through to the quad singles semi-final after surviving an epic battle against Niels Vink.

Alcott dropped the first set but roared to life in the final two to claim a 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-2 win in front of a raucous crowd inside Kia Arena.

It was a marathon encounter that lasted two hours and 44 minutes and the thrilling contest took its toll on both players.

Alcott was seen drinking pickle juice throughout the contest as he fought cramps before the cramps hit his opponent in a major way in the final set.

Trailing 2-5 in the final set, Vink called for the trainer after writhing in agony when his left forearm began to cramp.

“He needs some of Dylan’s pickle juice!” said Wally Masur on commentary.

“He’s cramping here, I reckon the left forearm is gone. We think about tennis and hitting the ball, but we’ve got to consider the chair and what they do with the forearms and the wrists.”

“Two hours and 36 minutes in here, he’s been gallant,” added co-commentator David Culbert. “He’s in a world of pain here.”

While Vink bravely returned to the court, it was only for a single game as the seven-time Australian Open champion served it out to advance to the semi-finals where he will face Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne.

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