“I was confident coming into the final,” said Sithole after ending Wagner’s bid for a third successive US Open singles title.
“I’d like to thank the supporters and also David for sharing the experience with me on court. I really enjoy playing against him. He is a great player, one of the best in the quads.”
Sithole started the final on a jittery note with David Wagner stringing four games consecutively in the first set. Sithole regained composure via a service break in the second set to lead 4-3, before leading 5-3 and ultimately sealing the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
It was a second victory for the South African over Wagner in the same week and a record fourth this year.
It was also a first for an African and South African title at a major International Tennis Federation event.