GB’s Hewett beats compatriot Reid to fourth US Open-ZoomTech News

Hewett is the world quantity two and has gained two Grand Slam singles titles in 2023

Nice Britain’s Alfie Hewett efficiently defended his males’s wheelchair title on the US Open towards compatriot and doubles associate Gordon Reid.

Hewett was in management all through, beating good good friend Reid 6-4 6-3.

The triumph is Hewett’s eighth Grand Slam singles title and fourth at Flushing Meadows.

“It is the stuff of goals to play on a stadium courtroom and to be holding the trophy for a fourth time,” mentioned Hewett.

“It is not simple enjoying your doubles associate in a Grand Slam ultimate and I wish to congratulate you [Reid] on an ideal week – it is good to see you again in a ultimate the place you belong.”

Hewett and Reid have gained 18 main doubles titles collectively however have been contesting a Grand Slam ultimate towards one another for the primary time.

Earlier than the match Hewett mentioned there are “no secrets and techniques” between the pair and it was high quality margins that separated them on Louis Armstrong Stadium however Hewett’s ultimate expertise finally shone by means of.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Reid broke within the first sport however Hewett grew into the match and broke again within the fourth to stage at 2-2.

Hewett, competing in his seventh successive US Open ultimate, appeared annoyed as he missed a break level at 4-3 however sealed it three video games later, wrapping up the opening set when Reid double-faulted on break level.

The second set began in the identical vein as the primary, with Reid breaking instantly, however Hewett was aggressive with the forehand and immediately broke again.

When Hewett as soon as once more took his opponent’s serve for 5-2 the 25-year-old was effectively on his technique to one other triumph at Flushing Meadows.

With the trophy in his sights, Hewett piled on the stress however, regardless of quite a few unforced errors from Reid – 26 to Hewett’s 14 within the match – the Scot pressured Hewett to serve it out, which he confidently did to like.

The triumph marks Hewett’s second Grand Slam singles success of the 12 months, having gained the Australian Open in January earlier than shedding in each the French Open and Wimbledon finals.

Reid was competing in his first main singles ultimate since 2019 at Roland Garros, along with his two titles coming at Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2016.

“Congratulations Alfie, you have been the very best participant this week and deserve the title,” Reid mentioned.

“I am dissatisfied in my stage, nothing actually went proper for me right now however I will go residence and take a look at this and see you once more subsequent 12 months.”

Whereas Hewett and Reid had not beforehand met in a singles ultimate at a significant, they did face one another within the ultimate on the 2016 Paralympic Video games in Rio when Reid triumphed 6-2 6-1 to win gold.

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