Dylan Alcott’s beautiful moment with Niels Vink

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Australian tennis champion Dylan Alcott was sublime in his semi-final quad wheelchair singles victory over Dutchman Niels Vink at the Tokyo Paralympics.

But the three-time Paralympic gold medallist may have been even more impressive in his embrace with his rival after the match, in which he kept his aspirations of achieving a golden slam alive.

After defeating his 18-year-old opponent 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, Alcott wheeled around to his rival’s side of the net and the pair of exhausted players embraced in an emotional moment.

As the pair hugged for several seconds, 30-year-old Alcott patted Vink on his head and back, his rival soaking up an incredible moment with a man he idolised.

“He’s half my age, what a little legend he is, Niels,” Alcott said.

“I know he read my book growing up, I sent him a birthday video for his 18th (birthday), we’re mates.

“When I hugged him at the end he was in tears. He wouldn’t let go and I just said I was so proud of him, how well he played.

“I’m just so proud of him.”

Alcott will square off with Dutchman Sam Schroder in the gold-medal match tomorrow.

He said he was zeroing in on the decider on the back of a memorable semi-final.

“That was the best match I have ever been a part of,” Alcott said.

“It was special.”

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