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Reid and Hewett set up all-British Masters final

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It will be an all-British affair in the final of the NEC Masters wheelchair tennis event after both Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won their semi-finals.

Hewett and Reid, ranked second and fourth in the world rankings, will meet for the 14th time in their career with Scot Reid holding a 10-3 head to head record over his doubles partner.

Hewett, 19, has won their last two encounters, though, and goes into the final on the back of a comprehensive victory over Joachim Gerard.

The Belgian, ranked seventh in the world, won just a single game against the Brit as he went down 6-0 6-2 at the Dan Maskell Tennis Centre in Loughborough.

Reid, however, was made to work harder for his victory over world number eight Shingo Kunieda, although he still progressed in straight sets winning 7-5 6-4.

Hewett and Reid have faced off six times already in 2017, with each having three victories to their name.

The duo have paired up to great success in 2017 too, going from Paralympic silver medallists in 2016 to Wimbledon and US Open doubles champions a year later.

And although the pair go into the final knowing each others’ games inside out, with Hewett’s star ascending in the singles this year as Reid’s begins to wane, the French Open champion may hold the slight mental edge.

Elsewhere in Loughborough, fellow Brit Andy Lapthorne also progressed to a Sunday showdown in the quad singles.

Lapthorne scraped past Lucas Sithole 7-5 7-5 in their semi-final, breaking the South African’s serve in the crucial 11th game of each set to tee up a final against America’s David Wagner.

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