The match took place on a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, prompting organisers to close the roof on Margaret Court Arena in line with the Extreme Heat Policy. Even so, conditions were muggy throughout the match, which featured a raft of 20-shot rallies and beyond, with the Lapthorne and Wagner duo coming out on top of a 32-shot exchange early in the second set.
That marathon effort helped the British-American tandem clinch a 2-0 lead in the second set, having lost the opener despite an early 3-1 lead.
Lapthorne was a livewire in the second, flitting around the court to back up Wagner’s smart angles at net when the 2017 champions were in the ascendency. But the star of the show was Davidson, whose defensive lobs and court coverage kept the Aussies in a string of rallies for Alcott to apply the finishing touch.
“I was feeling good – I was confident in myself,” Davidson said.
“I wasn't confident in Dylan,” he added at his good mate’s expense.
“No, my job is to set Dylan up. Dylan knows what he has to do when he goes in. I trust him 100 per cent.”