Launceston: Mott storms to first Challenger final
Australian teen Blake Mott will face Andrey Golubev in his first ever ATP Challenger final in Launceston on Sunday.
Australian wildcard Blake Mott has won his way to the Neville-Smith Forest Products Launceston International with a stunning 6-1 6-4 victory over Indian No.3 seed Saketh Myneni.
“I’m still in a bit of shock right now,” the New South Welshman said. “It’s a bit of a rare experience for me to be in a final of a Challenger and it’s great to do it in my own country, in my own backyard.
“It was an unbelievable match. The atmosphere and support down here has been great. It’s the best tournament of my career so far.”
The 19-year-old found himself a break down in the second set, but stormed home to take the last four games of the match.
“I’ve always known (Myneni) to have a really great serve, so just tried to focus on my returns,” he said. “I just backed myself with my mental toughness and fought out those last two service games.”
On his way to his first ATP Challenger final, Mott also enjoyed a straight sets victory over French former world No.61 Stephane Robert in the quarterfinals.
“I’ve always known I’ve had the game to take on some of these guys,” the world No.721 said. “But putting it together hasn’t been easy. I seem to have been able to do it this week so far.
“I’m preparing better, working on my mental game. Obviously with tennis there’s so many ups and down, and I’m just learning how to persist through those lows and prevail.”
Mott will take on Kazakh No.8 seed Andrey Golubev in the final on Sunday, after the former world No.33 ousted South Australian Luke Saville 6-3 7-6(2).
“There’s one quality match to go,” Mott said. “Just prepare well tonight, that’s my main focus right now. I need to take care of the things I need to take care of and look to giving my all tomorrow.”
Live scoring continues tomorrow with scores available through www.atpchallengertour.com. Live streaming is also available through the ATP Challenger Tour website.