By Liam Morgan

Dylan Alcott sealed his maiden Grand Slam title in convincing fashion in front of his home crowd in Melbourne ©Getty ImagesAustralia's Dylan Alcott claimed his maiden quad wheelchair Grand Slam singles title with a straight-sets win over David Wagner in front of his home crowd at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Alcott, who maintained his record of not dropping a set in the tournament, was quick out of the blocks as he broke the defending champion in the first set and that set the tone for the rest of the encounter as the Aussie cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

"'I've got a lot of friends and they all came out to support," Alcott said.

"To have 500 of my friends there and to win was incredible.

"I was a bit nervous when I was walking out and then I saw them, it actually calmed me which was good.

"To do that at the Australian Open on my home court, that's the definition of a dream come true."

The 24-year-old also received a message of congratulations from compatriot Nick Kyrgios, who reached the quarter-finals of the men's singles competition in Melbourne before he was ousted by Andy Murray.

"@DylanAlcott unbelievably proud of you. All those sessions in the gym we were smashing together. Keep pushing. Keep striving. #idol #ourway," Kyrgios tweeted.

Elsewhere Dutch star Jiske Griffioen was finally able to transform her doubles form into a singles title as she beat Japan's Yui Kamiji to win the women's wheelchair singles competition.

Jiske Griffioen took the womens wheelchair singles title with a victory over the Japanese favourite Yui Kamiji ©Getty ImagesJiske Griffioen took the womens wheelchair singles title with a victory over the Japanese favourite Yui Kamiji ©Getty Images

Griffioen, who has 11 doubles triumphs to her name, earned a 6-3 7-5 win in what was only her second-ever appearance in a Grand Slam final to prevent Kamiji from holding all singles and doubles Grand Slam titles.

The pair had been on opposing sides on yesterday in a wheelchair doubles epic that lasted for three hours and 21 minutes, but despite that the Dutchwoman made a strong start as she took the first set and she then edged closer to the trophy with a break in the second.

Kamiji then began to show the form that has seen her dominate the women's wheelchair rankings as she clawed her way back into the contest, but she couldn't convert her set point as Griffioen sealed the victory by winning the second set tie-break.

"I'm really happy," she said.

"There was some pressure on this one.

"I've been close so many times but for some reason was never really able to perform at the Grand Slams [in singles].

"This first one was a big hurdle for me.

"I have this one, they can't take it away from me any more so now I can look further towards Roland Garros and the US Open."

In the men's wheelchair singles final, Shingo Kunieda went one better than his compatriot Kamiji as he sealed his 18th Grand Slam title with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over France's Stephane Houdet.

Kunieda raced to the opening set in quick time and although Houdet fought hard in the early exchanges of the second set, he proved no match for the imperious Japanese star as he went on to take his eighth Australian Open crown.

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