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Australian Open: Belgian Joachim Gérard wins his first Grand Slam in singles

Australian Open: Belgian Joachim Gérard wins his first Grand Slam in singles

The three-time Belgian Paralympian of the year finally manages to clinch his first major singles title.

At 32, Joachim Gérard won the first Grand Slam tournament of his career in singles by registering his name on the list of Australian Open wheelchair tennis tournament Wednesday in Melbourne.

World number 4, Joachim Gérard defeated Briton Alfie Hewett, 3rd player in the world, in 3 sets: 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. The match lasted 2 hours and 13 minutes.

Joachim Gérard had already reached the final in Melbourne in 2016, where he lifted the double trophy twice, and at Roland Garros last year, where he was also beaten by Alfie Hewett.

His record includes four Masters titles (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and a bronze medal at the Rio Games.

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