Alfie has to settle for Rio silver after doubles defeat

Great Britain's Alfie Hewett competes in the Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match during the eighth day of

Great Britain's Alfie Hewett competes in the Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match during the eighth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY - Credit: PA

Norfolk's Alfie Hewett had to settle for a silver medal after suffering defeat in the final of the men's wheelchair tennis tournament at the Rio Paralympics.

The 18-year-old from Cantley gave a good account of himself alongside Gordon Reid, but it was not enough as the British pair went down 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to France's Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Hewett and Reid got off to a slow start in the final, quickly losing the first set, but came storming back in the second. However they lost their serve in the opening game of the decider, and after breaking back went 2-1 down. From then on their opponents were just too strong and won the next four games as well to win the decisive set 6-1.

Hewett and Reid must now regroup for Friday's men's singles final, when they will become rivals in the battle for the gold medal. The Norfolk youngster set up the chance of two golds when he beat Joachim Gerrard 7-5 6-3 in the semi-finals.

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