HELENSBURGH’S Gordon Reid says it felt “amazing” to set a remarkable US Open record after he and fellow Brit Alfie Hewett chalked up another Grand Slam doubles triumph at the New York venue.

Reid and Hewett saw off French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4, 6-1 in last Saturday’s final to justify their ranking as the world’s top men’s wheelchair doubles partnership.

It’s the pair’s fourth US Open title together, and their eighth Grand Slam triumph as a pair.

But it’s the fifth time that Reid has won the US Open doubles title – and the duo’s victory means the former Hermitage Academy pupil hasn’t lost a doubles tie at Flushing Meadows for six years.

The 28-year-old, whose winning run in New York began when he partnered Houdet to the 2015 crown, said afterwards: “It means a lot to both of us.

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“I’ve not lost a doubles match here since 2014, so it’s amazing to have that record.

“At Wimbledon and Roland Garros last year we were pretty disappointed with the results and made a big effort with the team at the LTA to make sure we turned things around and improved.

“I think we can really take pride in our results since then.”

There were four breaks of serve early in the first set before Hewett’s angled forehand winner saw the top seeds break to love to take the 10th game and the set.

The defending champions grew in stature to take the first five games of the second set – and two games later they were presented with their first match point.

Hewett made short work of the opportunity as he feigned an overhead smash at the net and calmly put away a delicate drop shot to wrap up a dominant performance, securing victory in the first ever wheelchair tennis final to be staged on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

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After the match, Hewett said: “There were a couple of games in that first set when I was getting a bit frustrated, but then we took control of the match and played the style we wanted to and in the second set our level definitely went up.

“It’s pretty spectacular to be on Arthur Ashe for a final on a Saturday at midday.

“That doesn’t come around often, so you’ve got to make the most of it.”

Hewett – who had beaten Reid 6-2, 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles – was unable to add the singles title to his prize haul from the tournament after he lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 to Japan’s Shingo Kunieda in the final.

Next up for the British pair – who began the year in irresistible form with victory in their first four tournaments of the year, culminating in the Australian Open in Melbourne, before Covid-19 devastated the global sporting calendar – is the rescheduled French Open at Roland Garros from October 7-10.

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