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Reid and Hewett in the midst of a rally during the mens doubles final.

Video: Incredible 51-shot rally as Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett take silver at Paralympics

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Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won silver for Great Britain in the wheelchair tennis doubles after losing in the final in three sets against France’s Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Some scintillating tennis was on display throughout in Rio, in a final that lasted just shy of two hours, but there was one rally in particular that stole the show.

The French took the first set 6-2 in quick time, before dropping set two 4-6 to Hewett and Reid, the Wimbledon champions who will face each other in the singles final.

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At 1-1 in the third with Hewett serving, the two pairs played out a quite remarkable point which lasted 51 shots before eventually being won by the Brits. 

Some wonderful power hitting and movement around the court was displayed by all four players during the rally, which brought the crowd to complete silence in awe of the play they were witnessing.

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Houdet and Peifer went on to win the game and third set eventually 6-1, breaking four times, and with it, claimed their first Paralympic gold medal.

The win avenged the pair's defeat to Hewett and Reid in the Wimbledon final and might've made Houdet's loss to Reid in the singles semi-final a little less hard to swallow. 

You can watch the breathtaking rally in the video below.

A hard fought match between some of the best wheelchair tennis players in the world delivered a fantastic introduction to the sport for first time fans all over the world.

In the end, the experience of 45-year-old 14 time Grand Slam champion Houdet, combined with the fine all round game and movement of 25-year-old Peifer, proved too much for the British pair despite some spirited points and a fightback in the second set. 

Hewett and Reid have no time to mull over their defeat though as they face each other on Friday in the singles final, with two time Grand Slam winner Reid going in as the favourite. 

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