Hewett and Reid battle back to beat French top seeds Houdet and Peifer

27/11/2017

The ninth contest of 2017 between Brits Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid and French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Gordon Reid arguably produced the most memorable match of the year between the world’s top four ranked doubles players.

The men’s final looked like it may pass very quickly as Houdet served out to love to make it 5-1 in the opening set and the world No. 2 ranked singles player then hit a cross court forehand winner as he and Peifer closed out the set for the loss of just the one game.

The opening game of the second set lasted approximately 12 minutes, but once again it was the French duo that had the final say and if to drive home their dominance at that stage of the contest they then broke the Brits to love to lead by a set and 2-0.

However, with Hewett twice having come from 6-0, 2-0 down this season to win singles matches, the Brits never once looked like folding and they proceeded to reel off the next four games. Although failing to convert two set points at 5-3 up, they had three more opportunities at 5-4 and Reid fired down an ace to force the final set of the final final of the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

At 3-1 in the decider the Brits had well and truly turned the tide, but there was one more twist to come as Houdet and Peifer levelled at 5-5 before Hewett and Reid finally put the seal on an a thrilling 16 64 75 victory.

“It was another tough one. We never do it the easy way against the French guys it seem, but it was great to pull through in the end and win our first Doubles Masters title together,” said Reid, who had previously won the Doubles Masters twice before, with two different French partners – Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz. “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.”

“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,” said Hewett, for whom it was a first Doubles Masters title.

Recent Bath Indoor champions Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson took third place in the men’s doubles, defeating Gustavo Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers 61 75.

 

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