Alfie Hewett claimed back to back titles in the event
Brit was second seed
Defeated top seed in the final
BIOT, FRANCE – Alfie Hewett claimed back to back titles at the French Riviera Open. Seeded second the Brit defeated the top seed in the final.
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Fresh from the Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, Alfie Hewett made the short hop to Biot to take part in the French Rivera Open. Defending champion Hewett was second seed and so received a bye into the second round. The Brit faced Gaetan Menguy in the second round. Hewett was totally dominating, the Brit wasted no time in continuing his Roland Garros form. Menguy was outplayed from the start, Hewett lost only two game to move into the next round 6-2, 6-0.
In the quarter-final Hewett was against sixth seed Nicolas Peifer. The Frenchman found the Brit too hot to handle, and was outplayed. Hewett once again dominated both sets, the Brit barely broke a sweat taking out the sixth seed. Hewett lost only three games as he moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-1.
The semi-final pitched Hewett against fourth seed and his doubles partner, Gordon Reid. Fittingly this was a very close match, with Hewett taking first blood breaking Reid to take the lead. However, in the second set Reid fought back and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Reid edged ahead and levelled the match. Hewett re-grouped in the final set, and once again dominated. Hewett moved into the final 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1.
In the final the Brit was against the top seed Gustavo Fernandez. The Argentine struck early, dominating the first set to take the lead. Hewett however, fought back in the second. The Brit broke the top seed and levelled up the match. The final set saw Hewett once again step things up and broke the Argentine to lift the title and claim back to back French Riviera trophies 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
As top seeds Hewett & Reid received a bye into the quarter-final. Their opponents were Fernandez & Agustin Ledesma. The Argentine pair kept close to the Brits in the first set, staying toe to toe until the Brits managed to secure a break of serve to move into the lead. The second set saw Hewett & Reid break serve early and the Argentine pair could not get back on serve. The Brits moved into the semi-final 7-5, 6-3.
In the semi-final the Brits were against Dutch pair and third seeds Tom Egberink & Maikel Scheffers. This was the closest match to date. Hewett & Reid broke at the end of the first set to take the lead. However, the second was much much closer. The third seeds stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak. Hewett & Reid dominated the breaker and moved into the final 7-5, 7-6(2).
The final saw the Brits against the second seeds Peifer & Stephane Houdet. The French were no match for Hewett & Reid in the first set, as the Brits dominated. The second however, was much closer. The French stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak. Hewett & Reid edged the tiebreak to lift the title 6-2, 7-6(7).
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