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Alfie Hewett became the first British winner of the men’s wheelchair singles title at the Mark McGwire Womens Jersey French Open with a dramatic victory over the defending champion, Gustavo Fernández. The 19-year-old from Norwich lost the first eight games and saved two match points in the second-set tie-break before going on to win 0-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2. “I played him a week and a half ago in another final and I was 6-0, 3-0 down, and when it went 6-0, 2-0 this time I was thinking: ‘Oh no, here we go again,’” Hewett said. “But I remembered coming back that time so I knew I could come back. When it got to that tie-break, it was very up and down, he had I don’t know how many match points, I had set points. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more “Mentally that was a big positive for me to just keep in there and hold out. I felt good after I won that second set. I knew I needed to get off to a good start in the third and when that happened I just grew in confidence.” Hewett showed his nerves in the first set, making far too many errors as his Argentinian opponent clinched the set in 17 minutes. The British player, ranked seventh, finally got on the board in the third game of the second set and it was nip and tuck after he fought back from 3-1 to make it 3-3. The tie-break proved to be the decisive moment, with Fernández, who beat Scotland’s Gordon Reid in last year’s final, unable to take either of his two chances. Hewett carried his momentum into the third set to add his first grand slam singles title to double Paralympic silver from Rio last summer and a Wimbledon doubles title. There were a few tears but no great outpouring of emotion from Hewett who had a doubles final to come after with Reid. The British pair went on to lose against France’s Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4 6-3. Celebrations on Saturday night will be limited to a pizza before he heads home to see his parents, brother and sister, who were following from the UK. “I can’t imagine what they were feeling in that second set tie-break,” said Hewett. “I’ve always believed I can beat anyone on my day. Clay is one of my favourite surfaces. Norwich only has about three clay courts but there’s something about it I love. “I had a good feeling about this week. This time last year I was outside the top 10, hadn’t really won anything. A year on I’ve got two silver medals, Wimbledon doubles champion and now singles grand slam at Roland Garros. I can’t believe itAndy Murray leaves Roland Garros in much better shape than when he arrived, even if losing in the semi-finals to Stan Wawrinka over five sets in four and a half hours on Friday afternoon was not the way he would have chosen to bid adieu to one of his favourite tournaments and cities.

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He heads immediately for home to prepare to defend his titles at Queen’s and Wimbledon, as well as the points that leave him unchallenged for a little while yet at the top of the world rankings. If he can reset his grass game to draw on the form that lifted him to within one match of reaching the final here for the second year in a row, he will be more dangerous on grass, still his surface of choice. The world No1 arrived here spluttering and sweating and could not train properly for a couple of days with his coach, Ivan Lendl, who flew in from Florida three weeks ago to be reunited with the Scot. Some thought this odd, although it did not bother the player or the coach. Murray was hardly burdened by expectations after an indifferent clay season. Many experts, including former players, gave him little chance of getting out of the first week, but here he was on a sun-warmed and windy Court Philippe-Chatrier on the 13th day of the tournament, trading blows with a rampant Wawrinka all the way to the end. Rafael Nadal overwhelms Dominic Thiem to reach French Open final Read more After winning 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, Wawrinka, at 32 years and 75 days, becomes the oldest men’s finalist here since 33-year-old Niki Pilic lost to Ilie Nastase in a three-set final in 1973, an occasion that could hardly have been further removed in quality and time from the performance Friday’s antagonists provided for us. It was Pilic who inspired the creation of the Association of Tennis Professionals, incidentally, and who would briefly mentor Novak Djokovic. That is the past out of the way. Now for the future. Murray emerged from what might best be described as a bit of a mauling upbeat and surprisingly confident. Years ago, he would have been in a deep funk. But, at 30, he treats triumph and disaster with measured intelligence. Had he just been evicted from 10 Downing Street, say, he would no doubt have kept walking rather than clinging to the doorknob. Advertisement “How close that is to my tennis from last year, I don’t know. It’s very difficult to say. Hopefully it gives me a good base to go into the grass-court season. I played pretty well these last few matches. Even when you’re playing well, you’re not going to win every match you play, but I put myself in a position to reach a slam final. “Often when I have done well on the clay [as last year, when he reached the French final and then won Wimbledon for the second time], I feel like that’s helped me on the grass. Certainly the matches are not as physical. Going through matches like I did today is a good step for me. “But it’s impossible to say how close you are to your best level at any stage. Things change on a daily basis. I played better today than I did in the last match [to beat Kei Nishikori in four sets] and lost. I was one tie-break away from getting to the final when I came in really struggling. I have to be proud of that. “Maybe the lack of matches hurt me a bit in the end. That was a very high intensity match, a lot of long points. When you haven’t been playing loads, over four, four and a half hours, that can catch up to you. I only have myself to blame for that, the way I played coming into the tournament. But I turned my form around really, really well and ended up having a good tournament, all things considered

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