HELENSBURGH’S Gordon Reid had to dig deep to extend his New York fairytale into a fifth year after partnering Alfie Hewett to another US Open doubles title.

The British pair secured their third Flushing Meadows wheelchair championship title in a row – Reid’s fourth doubles crown overall at the US Open – after coming from a set down to beat Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda on Sunday.

Reid and Hewett made a slow start in the final, losing the first set 6-1, but they battled back to take the second 6-4 before edging the deciding tie-break 11-9.

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Reid said afterwards: “It was a really tough match, especially the first set.

“Gustavo and Shingo played really well, so I’m really glad we managed to fight our way back into it and then played a strong tie-break.”

The Brits went into the final off the back of a fine 6-0, 6-3 win over the top seeds, France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, in the last four – the victory representing a measure of revenge for 27-year-old Reid, who had lost to Houdet in three sets in the last eight of the tournament’s singles event.

Their victory at the Louis Armstrong Stadium court – Reid’s first Grand Slam title since the pair’s triumph at last year’s US Open – extends a run of success for the former Hermitage Academy pupil at Flushing Meadows which now stretches all the way back to 2015, when he partnered Houdet to doubles success for his first Grand Slam prize.

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“It’s great that the US Open showcases our sport on the stadium courts,” Reid continued.

“This is our first doubles title together this year, so it’s a good place to do it and thanks to all the coaching team who have helped us this week.

“Hopefully we can come back and make it four in a row next year.”

Reid and Hewett’s doubles triumph – their sixth Grand Slam title as a pair – was part of an unprecedented success story for British players at this year’s tournament, which saw players on the Lawn Tennis Association’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme win four titles at the same Grand Slam for the first time.

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Hewett secured the wheelchair singles title with a nailbiting 7-6(9), 7-6(5) win over Houdet in the final.

And Andy Lapthorne claimed his second quad singles title at the tournament before going on to partner Australia’s Dylan Alcott to victory in the quad doubles.