Helensburgh’s Gordon Reid finished runner-up at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters for a second year after a memorable week in which he beat world number one Gustavo Fernandez.

After overcoming Fernandez and then Shingo Kunieda in the semi-final, Britain's number two Reid fell at the final hurdle in Loughborough, losing to compatriot Alfie Hewett 6-3, 6-2.

In the first all-Brit men’s singles final in the event’s 24-year-history, the 2016 runner-up had originally stormed into a 3-0 first set lead, but Hewett rounded off eight games in a row to lead by a set and go two up in the second.

Reid broke back to level the set, but British No 1 Hewett regrouped to take the last four games and become the first Brit to take the title at the year-end championships for the World’s top ranked players.

Paralympic gold medallist Reid, who defeated Hewett in the Paralympic final in Rio, said: “I’m a bit disappointed, of course, and I’m feeling a bit tired, both mentally and physically.

"But I’m feeling pretty happy with my week overall.

“I had a great start [in the final], but then there was maybe a little bit of confidence lost after a couple of missed shots, but I also think Alfie got a few out of his system and started to relax.

“Overall it’s been a good week and there are lots of positives to take away.”

Indeed, earlier in the tournament Reid pulled off the most incredible comeback of his career to date to beat Fernandez of Argentina 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and book his place in Saturday’s men’s singles semi-finals.

From 5-1 down in the third and final set and then facing three match points two games later, Reid battled his way to a memorable victory that set up a last four contest against Japan’s three-time NEC Masters champion Kunieda.

The 26-year-old then defeated Kunieda 7-5 6-4 in the semi-finals, while Hewett, who turns 20 this week, overcame defending champion Joachim Gerard 6-0 6-2 to book his berth in the decider.

The finalists know each other’s game well, having also enjoyed a successful doubles partnership together, winning two Wimbledon titles, the US Open and a Paralympic silver medal.

But opponent Hewett, who won Roland Garros earlier in the year, was pleased to have found a way past the formidable Scot during the hour and 18 minutes of play.

He said: “I came out in the first set and Gordon was too strong for me, but I didn’t panic, and I just had to ride the storm.

“If he’d played like that for two sets he deserved to win. Fortunately for me, his intensity dropped, and I managed to find my way back into the match.”