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Victory for Alfie Hewett sets up historic Masters showdown against Gordon Reid

PUBLISHED: 20:20 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:20 02 December 2017

Alfie Hewett during his victory over Joachim Gerard of Belgium. Picture: Tennis Foundation

Alfie Hewett during his victory over Joachim Gerard of Belgium. Picture: Tennis Foundation

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Rio Paralympic finalists Alfie Hewett, from Norfolk, and Gordon Reid made more tennis history on Saturday when they guaranteed the first ever British men’s singles winner at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the sport’s year-end championship for the top singles players.

Alfie Hewett celebrates victory. Picture: Tennis FoundationAlfie Hewett celebrates victory. Picture: Tennis Foundation

World number two Hewett produced what he described as his best performance ever to beat two-time defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium 6-0, 6-2 at Loughborough Sport Tennis Centre.

”I’ve had a very tough week, both mentally and physically and to have a performance like that I’m quite shocked to be honest,” said Hewett, from Cantley.

“It’s probably the best match I’ve ever played and to do it at this stage of the season and with today being such a big match and going through to the final, I couldn’t be happier.

“You have days when you just feel unstoppable and today was that day and to have guaranteed a British winner on home soil is very special,”

Hewett’s victory came just over an hour after Rio Paralympic champion Reid reached his second successive NEC Masters final by defeating Japan’s three-time champion Shingo Kunieda 7-5, 6-4.

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