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Hewett and Reid crowned US Open champions

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on 10-09-2017 08:45

Paralympic medallists Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett are the US Open men’s doubles champions after a straight sets victory over the top seeds in the final at Flushing Meadows.

The pair had beaten France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer on their way to Wimbledon glory just a couple of months ago, and it was against the same pairing where success came once again.

For Reid this 7-5 6-4 victory secured his second men’s doubles crown in New York, defending the title he had won with Houdet the last time the US Open was competed in 2015.

Meanwhile, this competition was a debut in the Slam for Hewett – one he is sure not to forget in a hurry, even before facing Houdet in Sunday’s final.

"I felt like we played a really composed match and we deserved to win today,” said Reid.

"It's my first US Open and I'm loving every minute of it." Alfie Hewett

The duo teamed up barely hours after being on opposite sides of the net, with the teenage, unseeded Hewett edged a thrilling men’s singles semi-final over Reid.

It took more than three hours for the British pair to be separated, with both boasting match points in the third and final set in the States.

But it was Hewett who eventually held on to take the win 7-5 5-7 7-6 (10-8), despite having a chance to win it in straight sets, while Reid had led 4-0 in the decider.

"I'm a bit speechless right now. It was an amazing match," said Hewett. "It was absolutely exhausting."

Meanwhile, Saturday saw Andy Lapthorne pick up his seventh Grand Slam title, with a chance to add one more to the collection in the men’s quad singles.

That came after teaming up with American David Wagner in the quad doubles, defeating Dylan Alcott and Bryan Barten in straight sets.

That was the second victory of the day for Lapthorne over the American Barten, though Wagner now heads to the other side of the court as they do battle in the men’s quad final – with the Briton looking to avenge his loss earlier in the tournament.

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