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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid added another US Open doubles title to his growing collections of Grand Slam wins on a sensational day of wheelchair tennis action in New York.

Gordon and partner Alfie Hewett and Reid were looking to follow up their doubles success at Wimbledon against the pair they had defeated at SW19, top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France.

The quartet have developed quite a rivalry within the game, with the Brits having won both of their last two Wimbledon final encounters, but the French prevailing at both Roland Garros this year and the Rio Paralympics final last year.

In the event however, a performance featuring lots of energy and creative play from the British pair proved too much for the French on this occasion, with Gordon and Alfie claiming a straight sets 7-5, 6-4 victory in less than two hours.

It is a title Gordon was defending from 2015 and is the Paralympic gold medallist’s ninth career Grand Slam crown, while it is a fourth for US Open debutant Hewett.

Gordon said: "I felt like we played a really composed match and we deserved to win today."

What makes the win even more remarkable is what had come before it. The day had started with world no.3 Alfie and world no.2 Gordon battling it out in a truly epic all-British men’s singles semi-final that enthralled the watching crowd for over three hours.

It was an encounter full of drama and momentum swings with 19 year-old Alfie racing into a 3-0 lead in the first set, before Gordon hit back to lead 5-3 with Alfie serving to stay in the set.

Alfie then reeled off four games in a row to take the first set. He looked to be on course to claim a place in Sunday’s final as he led throughout the second, but he failed to convert three match points at 5-3 and Gordon bounced back to force a decider.

It then looked to be Gordon who would claim a place in his first US Open singles final as he led 4-0 in the third set and had two match points when leading 5-3, but he too failed to convert the opportunity and the marathon match went to a tiebreak.

In the breaker, Alfie saved three match points, starting at 6-4, before failing to take two of his own at 7-6 and 8-7. The classic match came to an end as the Norfolk youngster took the win 10-8 to set up a final against Houdet, who defeated Argentina’s world no.1 Gustavo Fernandez in the other singles semi-final.

Watching courtside at Flushing Meadow, Tennis Foundation executive director Geoff Newton emphasised the outstanding quality that had been on display.

He said: “This was one of the finest tennis matches I have seen — a great credit to both players and to our sport. Well done to both Alfie and Gordon.”

  • Photo by courtesy of the Tennis Foundation.
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