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Lapthorne and Hewett focus on positives after US Open final defeats

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on 11-09-2017 09:55

Andy Lapthorne vowed to bounce back to winning ways after falling to a narrow defeat in the men’s singles final at the US Open.

Lapthorne, who on Saturday won the quad men’s doubles final alongside David Wagner, faced his partner across the net in Sunday’s singles showcase.

American Wagner took first advantage at Flushing Meadows, taking the opening set 7-5 despite three-time Paralympic medallist Lapthorne coming back from 3-1 down to level at 3-3.

But 26-year-old Lapthorne controlled proceedings from the start in the second set, prevailing 6-3 to take the final into a decider.

And the title looked to be heading in the Brit’s direction as he led 4-2, only for Wagner to find another gear and come from behind to win 6-4.

“Not to be for me today in the singles, lost out 6-4 in the third,” Lapthorne said on Twitter.

“Fair play to Wags, he was brilliant at the end. I’ll be back.”

Before Lapthorne took to the court it was the turn of Alfie Hewett, barely 24 hours since tasting glory with Gordon Reid.

The pair had secured the US Open men's doubles title on Hewett's debut at the Grand Slam, but it wasn't to be this time around as he lost out in the singles to France's Stephane Houdet.

It took a thriller for the Brit just to reach the final as he beat Reid in the last four, though it was Houdet who took the opening set 6-2.

But the match looked set to be another cracker, with Hewett roaring back into contention and levelling the game up after a 6-4 second set.

But Houdet, 27 years his opponent's senior, took the third and final set 6-3 to end Hewett's hopes - though he was far from complaining after a week to remember in the Big Apple.

"Congratulations to Steph for a great final," said the 19-year-old.

"I just didn't have enough in the tank after such an exhausting singles and doubles yesterday.

"But I'm proud to be in the final in my first time here. There are a lot of positives to take and hopefully I can be back next year."

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