Record breakers Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid into third French Open and 11th successive Grand Slam doubles final in Paris
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Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will bid to take their record-breaking sequence of Grand Slam men’s doubles titles into double figures on Saturday after defeating Spanish duo Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin 6-2, 3-6 [10-8] on Friday at Roland Garros.
Hewett and Reid, playing their first match together since winning their third Australian Open title in January, recovered from 3-0 down in a deciding match tie-break to claim a tense victory in Paris that has secured them a place in their 11th successive Grand Slam final.
They will now play Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Saturday’s final as they bid for a third French Open title in a row.
Currently a 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion alongside Reid, Hewett said:
"We always knew it was going to be a difficult match, you know. Tactically we have to be very clever and smart with the way they play. At first, we did that really well. Their level definitely got better in the second set and maybe our energy levels and our intensity just dropped ever so slightly. Obviously, it was a tight match tie-break in the end and I'm really happy to win."
Hewett and Reid won six of the last seven games as they claimed the opening set in in 36 minutes, but after dropping several games in the second set on a no-ad deciding deuce they could only partially recover from going 5-1 down. However, their experience ultimately told against Grand Slam debutants Caverzaschi and De la Puente, with Hewett wrapping up match point as he slotted a forehand winner across court.
Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Reid, who has been working on rehab for a wrist injury since the Australian Open, said:
"It's been a while, but some things never change. We went tight in our third set by now it honestly feels great to be back playing with Alfie. We've put a lot of work into it over the years, so obviously we come to Slams and that's where we want it to show. (I am) a little bit more tired than I probably usually would be at this stage in a tournament, but I’m really happy to get over the line there and we look forward to another final."
Hewett and Reid broke the record for most successful doubles partnership at the Grand Slams when they beat Fernandez and Kunieda in the final at Melbourne Park in January to win their ninth major in a row. That victory took the Brits one Grand Slam victory beyond the previous record held by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver and they will now attempt to win an unprecedented tenth major in a row.
In doing so, they will hope to avenge their loss to Fernandez and Kunieda in the 2019 men’s doubles semi-finals in Paris. Hewett and Reid are unbeaten at the majors since winning the third of their five US Open titles in 2019.