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Hewett and Reid prepare to meet in US Open singles semi-final

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Paralympic medallists Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett will go head-to-head for a place in the US Open final after both coming from behind to triumph in their men’s singles quarter-finals.

Second seed Reid - who defeated Hewett in the Rio 2016 final to win gold - lost the first set to Belgium’s Joachim Gerard on a tie-break, but bounced back in style to take the next two with ease.

While the second set was another tight affair, Reid eventually prevailing by two games, he breezed through the decider to wrap up a 6-7 [5-7] 6-4 6-1 win and reach his second US Open semi-final since 2013.

“I’m very happy to come through a tough match against Jo today,” he said.

“Sometimes, to get the win, it’s more about the desire rather than the quality of the tennis and that was the case in the final set today.

“There were definitely positives to take forward from the match into the semi against Alfie, which will be a great occasion and one that I can’t wait for.”

In similar style to his British teammate, Hewett - making his US Open debut at the 2017 tournament - was also required to come from behind, after he lost the first set to Japan’s Shingo Kunieda. 

In the longest game of the match, clocking 52 minutes, it was six-time US Open champion Kunieda who took first advantage in winning the first set, but it wasn’t without a huge effort from Hewett as he came back from 3-1 down to level the first set.

“There were definitely positives to take forward from the match into the semi against Alfie, which will be a great occasion and one that I can’t wait for.” Gordon Reid

He did exactly that again in the second, and went on to serve out the set and force a decider, where he forged a 5-2 lead before sealing a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory.

“I’m really happy to be in my first US Open singles semi,” he said.

“Shingo played well and it was hard to break him down. He’s a great competitor and athlete, so it was always going to be a tough match.”

Following their semi-final battle on Saturday, Reid and Hewett will team up again to meet top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the men’s doubles final, as they bid to follow up their victories over the Frenchmen in their last two Wimbledon finals.

Elsewhere in Friday’s action at Flushing Meadows, Andy Lapthorne remains confident he can reach Sunday’s quad singles final despite defeat to world No.1 David Wagner in the second of his three round-robin matches.

American Wagner triumphed in two sets 6-2 6-4, and Lapthorne will next face Bryan Barten in his quest to reach the final.

Lapthorne and Wagner will team up in Saturday’s quad doubles final, where they play Barten and Australia’s Dylan Alcott for the title.

There was disappointment, however, for Lucy Shuker, as her 25th Grand Slam came to an end at the hands of world No.1 and doubles partner Yui Kamiji.

Shuker, playing at her third US Open, lost 6-1 6-0 in their women’s singles quarter-final.

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