Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:09

Could it be four in a row?

Written by Marshall Thomas

BRITISH duo Alfie Hewett and Helensburgh's Gordon Reid will bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair doubles title today (Saturday) after beating French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 2-6 7-6(4) yesterday in a thrilling semi-final.

After taking a 3-1 first set lead, five-time Grand Slam doubles champions Hewett and Reid claimed the last three games of the opening set, but needed to find all their powers of recovery after dropping the last five games of the second set.

However, recover they did to earn their first match point at 5-3 up in the decider before Houdet and Peifer forced the final set tie-break.

A jubilant Gordon said: ”We’ve been able to spend more time on court as a team over the last couple of weeks and the confidence from that made all the difference today.

"On top of that there’s the atmosphere from just playing here in front of a home crowd and how much that helps us, too.”

Looking ahead to the final, in which they face Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson of Sweden for the second year in a row, Alfie said: "We played them here in the final last year and we dominated that match.

"They’ve had a tough three-setter too, so we’ll come up with a plan to give us the same result. We started really strongly so hopefully we’ll do the same.”

 

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