Alfie Hewett sets up Italian Job to secure third title of the year
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Norfolk's Alfie Hewett clinched his second ITF 2 Series title and his third wheelchair tennis singles title of 2015 when he won the men's title at the Trofeo della Mole in Italy.
The fifth-seeded Hewett, from Cantley near Great Yarmouth, defeated Japan's Takuya Miki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a contest lasting more than three hours as the 17-year-old world number one ranked junior sealed the 12th senior singles title of his career
'It was a hard battle today in temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, so I'm very pleased to get the win and back up my semi-final victory over Maikel,' said Hewett, a member of the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, who defeated Dutch top seed and world number seven Maikel Scheffers in the last four on Friday.
Hewett's first ITF 2 Series singles title came in Rome in May, after he beat Dutch world number nine Tom Egberink in the final of the Internazionale d'Italia.
His latest win over Miki maintains his unbeaten record against the Japanese player, who became the teenager's first world top-10 scalp of 2015 when they met in Sydney, Australia, in January.