Saville on a roll with third title
Luke Saville has established himself as one of the form Australian players with his third Pro Tour title this season at the Glen Iris Men's International.
Luke Saville has established himself as one of the form Australian players with his third Pro Tour title this season.
In an all-South Australian final at the weekend, second seeded Saville saved three match points en route to a 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over fifth seed and good friend Alex Bolt at the Glen Iris Men’s International.
Since dipping outside the top 500 in late October 2013, Saville has slashed his ranking to its current mark of No.274, a career-high position.
He stands to rise even higher now thanks to his victory at Glen Iris, which gave him his third title in six weeks after earlier triumphs in Mildura and Port Pirie.
Bolt dominated early in the match to take the first set in a match played on the indoor courts at the National Tennis Centre after the Glen Iris clay courts were deemed earlier in the day as still being unsuitable for play following a week of heavy rains.
In a tight second set Bolt was able to secure three match points in the tenth game against his opponent’s serve but was unable to take advantage, with Saville eventually holding before the set was determined in a tiebreak.
Saville looked to have gained some confidence with this fight-back and held on to this momentum to take the third set with only one service break 6-4.
In the earlier doubles final, Victorian James Lemke and New South Welshman Dane Propoggia were too strong against the all Victorian pair of Daniel Ferretti and Aaron Leeder-Chard taking the final in 55 minutes, 6-1 6-3.