Alfie Hewett claimed the men's singles wheelchair title in New York
Alfie Hewett won his sixth Grand Slam title in wheelchair singles at the US Open
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Britain's Alfie Hewett won his sixth Grand Slam title in wheelchair singles at the US Open to deny Japan's Shingo Kunieda the calendar Grand Slam.
Kunieda was looking to become the first man to win all four major singles titles in the same year but he fell one match short as Hewett triumphed 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 at Flushing Meadows.
It gave the Norfolk player his third US Open title to go with three French Open crowns, while he has also won 15 doubles titles with Gordon Reid.
Hewett, who had lost to Kunieda in finals in Australia and at Wimbledon, said: "It's very satisfying.
"To have that epic in Wimbledon, and then to be just so close and not get over the line then, it certainly motivated me. I struggled a little bit with illness afterwards, but every day and every minute of every day I wanted to get back on that practice court for this, really.
"You could see that in the first set, especially, because I really wanted it. Helped calm my emotions down a little bit in the second set but it was great.
"I'm not a nasty person. I didn't really want to take it necessarily away from him. I feel bad for him because he's such an incredible ambassador for our sport.
"It doesn't come around often that you get three majors in one year. He'll know that that was his chance, but unfortunately he came up against me today. It's probably the hungriest I have ever been for a Grand Slam."
Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won their first doubles title and third major of the year, completing the career Grand Slam by rallying to defeat American duo Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-5 6-1.
They finished an unbeaten season in the Grand Slams, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles but did not play at the French Open after Krejcikova tested positive for COVID-19.
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