French Open 2017: Alfie Hewett wins wheelchair title at Roland Garros

Alfie Hewett
Alfie Hewett won silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, losing to doubles partner Gordon Reid in the final

Alfie Hewett became the first British player to win a French Open wheelchair singles title after saving two match points at Roland Garros.

The 19-year-old won 0-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2 against Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez to claim his first Grand Slam title.

Later on Saturday, Hewett lost in the men's doubles final alongside fellow Briton Gordon Reid.

They were beaten 6-4 6-3 by French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, who also beat them in the Rio 2016 final.

Alfie Hewett

Hewett, seventh in the rankings, said: "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 [Paralympic] silver medals, [I am] Wimbledon doubles champion and now singles Grand Slam [champion] at Roland Garros - I can't believe it."

Fernandez had two match points during the second-set tie-break, but Hewett said he remained confident of victory.

"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 added.

"But I remembered coming back that time so I knew I could come back, and when it got to that tie-break, it was very up and down, he had match points, I had set points.

"Mentally that was a big positive for me to keep in there and hold out. I felt good after I won that second set and knew I needed to get off to a good start in the third and when that happened I grew in confidence."

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