Alfie Hewett revels in Wimbledon glory after retaining wheelchair doubles final alongside Gordon Reid
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He has two Paralympic silver medals, one Wimbledon doubles title and a French Open singles crown in his locker already, but Cantley's Alfie Hewett still branded his second SW19 win as a standout achievement.
He and partner Gordon Reid came back from a set down to beat Frenchmen Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer - the men they beat in last year's final - 6(3)-7 7-5 7-6(3).
Houdet and Peifer got their revenge for last year's defeat in Rio, at the Paralympics a few months later, but the Brits were not to be beaten again.
Hewett and Reid spurned four match points in the third set, but the younger of the pair insisted they never lost faith in their ability to win.
'Winning a Grand Slam is always a special moment, and to do it with Gordon, at your home Grand Slam, always makes it a standout achievement,' said 19-year-old Hewett.
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'I thought today's match was incredible, for so many different reasons.
'Coming from behind was amazing. I thought the match was very high quality, it wasn't really unforced errors and sloppy points, it was a contest of who was the better team and more clinical.
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'The big thing for us though was the crowd, and being on Court Three - it's something I'll never forget, it was amazing.
'After the four match points I didn't think the match was over, it's always tough, you have so many chances and we couldn't take them, but credit to the French they just kept going.
'We just went into that tiebreak with a fresh mindset and tried to stay in the present.
'We went for every ball and had no regrets.'
The title was former City College Norwich student, Hewett's second in a Grand Slam in as many months, after winning a maiden singles title at the French Open just a few weeks ago.
And it was the younger of the pair that was once again the aggressor in the final, keeping the Brits in the match at key points and dominating play with his groundstrokes - a fact that did not go unnoticed by Reid, even if he did need to have words with Hewett at certain times in the match.
'I was very impressed with Alfie's performance, but not surprised. It was the same last year and it's been the same in other matches in our career together,' said the Paralympic singles champion.
'He loves the big stage and produced some flashes of brilliance at key moments today.
'I think we balance each other well as a team and we both have different qualities that combine to create a great force.
'It's great to have him on the same side of the court for you, he went out firing at the end of the match, when I was tiring a little bit.
'Normally I'm nice but he needed a little kick up the backside today a couple of times - he was feeling a bit sorry for himself at certain points.'
'I would try my hardest for Yui and I know she would do the same, and that's what makes it such a special doubles partnership.'
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