Wimbledon 2018: Gordon Reid & Alfie Hewett win wheelchair doubles title

Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July
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Britain's Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won a third successive Wimbledon wheelchair doubles title by beating Germany's Joachim Gerard and Swede Stefan Olsson.

Cheered on by a vocal crowd on court three, the second seeds won 6-1 6-4.

Reid, 26, and Hewett, 20, attacked from the outset to race through the first set before being pushed in the second.

Victory marked an eighth Grand Slam doubles title for Reid and a fourth for Hewett.

Hewett said: "It's tougher each year. People kind of expect you just to win it. We know that's not the case.

"There's a lot of strong guys out there. Yesterday's match and even today's match kind of proved how strong the field is."

Reid and Hewett took early command of the first set, winning six games in a row after Olsson and Gerard held their opening service game.

The British pair went a break up in the fourth game of the second set when Olsson overcooked a forehand, but they were pegged back in the next game when a Hewett double fault allowed their opponents to break back.

Olsson and Gerard won three games in a row to put pressure on the Britons, but they were too strong.

"It was an incredible match, one of best doubles matches we've played," said Hewett, who will share prize money of £14,000 with Reid.

"There are definitely a few tired shoulders."

Reid added: "It's a really exciting time for the sport. We hope to inspire more younger kids."

In the exhibition quad wheelchair doubles final, Briton Andy Lapthorne and American partner David Wagner beat Australian Dylan Alcott and South Africa's Lucas Sithole 6-2 6-3.

Lucy Shuker will play in the final of the women's wheelchair doubles on Sunday after the Briton and her German partner Sabine Ellerbrock came from a set down to beat Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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