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Hewett & Reid edge classic to take Masters title

Hewett & Reid edge classic to take Masters title
Wheelchair tennis

Great Britain's Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid added the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters title to their Wimbledon and US Open crowns after winning a superb final against rivals Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

In the ninth meeting between Reid and Hewett and Houdet and Peifer this season, the French top seeds dominated an opening set they went on to take 6-1 before taking a 2-0 lead in the second after breaking to love.

But with the scoreboard looking ominous, Hewett and Reid rediscovered their best form as they won four games on the spin before eventually levelling the match by winning the second set 6-4.

The final set saw both pairs hit new heights, with Houdet and Peifer levelling at 5-5 from 3-1 down before before Hewett and Reid finally came through to seal a 1-6 6-4 7-5 victory.

"It was another tough one. We never do it the easy way against the French guys it seems, but it was great to pull through in the end and win our first Doubles Masters title together," said Reid.

"I think we were sitting too deep in the first set so we just tried to be more aggressive with our movement after that and it was a great comeback and it’s great to win my third Doubles Masters title, this time with Alfie."

Hewett added: "I think we just remained positive, we knew what we had to do to change the match and it just took us a while to find our rhythm and find ourselves within the match, but after we got a few games on the board we did well it felt good."

Meanwhile on Saturday, Britain's Andy Lapthorne - who committed to donating 10% of his prize money to a cancer charity before the event - and Ant Cotterill were edged out over two sets in the quads final against Nick Taylor and David Wagner.

It was sweet revenge for Taylor and Wagner, who lost to the British duo in the round robin stage before going on to win their 10th Masters doubles title.