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Britain’s Alfie Hewett misplaced a dramatic Wimbledon males’s wheelchair singles ultimate in a ultimate set tie-break towards Japanese high seed Shingo Kunieda.
Contesting his first singles ultimate at SW19, Hewett, 24, served for the championship 4 occasions.
But Kunieda received seven successive factors from 5-3 down within the tie-break to finish a outstanding Golden Slam with a 4-6 7-5 7-6 (10-5) victory.
“I’m obviously gutted. That is going to sting for a while,” mentioned Hewett.
“It has been incredible this week to get wheelchair tennis on Court One and to get the amount of spectators that were there. There have been some incredible matches. I will reflect on this with a lot of positives and I’m just ready for a break.”
It is a primary Wimbledon title for world primary Kunieda, who has received 11 singles titles on the Australian Open along with eight victories on the French Open and eight on the US Open.
The reigning Paralympic champion now holds all 4 main males’s wheelchair singles titles.
Kunieda, 38, mentioned it was “a dream came true right now”, including: “Thank you to Alfie for a great battle. You have more years [ahead of you] than me so you can get this title in the future.”
Hewett unable to take probabilities
Hewett, a three-time French Open and twice US Open singles champion, was bidding to turn into the second British participant to win the Wimbledon title after doubles companion Gordon Reid’s triumph in 2016.
This yr’s singles ultimate got here after Hewett and Reid’s outstanding run of 10 consecutive Grand Slam wheelchair doubles titles was ended by Kunieda and his Argentine companion Gustavo Fernandez in a straight-set defeat on Saturday.
And that adopted an exhausting effort on Friday to come back by means of each his singles and doubles semi-final matches, with nearly six hours on courtroom.
In the opening set on Sunday, Hewett and Kunieda exchanged a number of breaks, however the Briton continued to use strain and saved two break factors to serve out the set.
Once once more making a optimistic begin in set two – a forehand winner seizing a second break level – Hewett served for the title when main 5-4.
But he couldn’t distance Kunieda, who protected his title hopes with a break again for 5-5 earlier than successful two successive video games to degree the match.
A decided Hewett rallied with a collection of winners, serving to him break twice as he established leads of 3-0 and 5-2 within the deciding set.
Hewett served for the title three extra occasions however, regardless of the assist from the house crowd, was finally unable to finish Kunieda’s resistance earlier than falling quick within the tie-break.
Afterwards, Hewitt mentioned: “Congratulations to Shingo and his team. We were both so desperate to win. You are one of the best wheelchair players we will ever see. That was epic from you today.”
Kunieda added: “Thank you to my team for the great support every day. A special thanks to Roger Federer. He gave me very good advice last year so he was one of the reasons I got the title this year.”