6 June 2019
Reid beats top seed to make French Open final
Gordon Reid is on course to win his first French Open title after he came from behind to take the scalp of top seed Shingo Kunieda.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic champion progressed through the semi finals in a 2-6 7-6 6-2 triumph over the Japanese player.
He will play second-seeded Argentinian Gustavo Fernandez, who toppled Alfie Hewett in straight sets to deny an all-British final.
Kunieda broke Reid twice in the opening five games as he secured the first set.
But the British player struck back early in the second set to get the first break before holding his nerve in the tie-break to take it 7-2.
And Reid, who last reached the French Open final in 2016, confirmed his place in the Roland Garros showpiece as he broke the Japanese player three times on his way to victory, secured in two hours 45 minutes.
Paralympic silver medallist Hewett was put under pressure on his own serve, holding one game in the match, as Fernandez secured a 6-1 6-2 win in just under an hour despite the Brit’s best efforts.
The British players combined to face their singles semi-final opponents in the doubles, where they were seeded second.
But it was Kunieda and Fernandez who would prove victorious, taking the match 6-2 7-5 to book their place in the final.
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