Melbourne VIC, Australia, 30 January 2015 |

Akira Santillan fell just two wins away from the boys’ singles title at the 2015 Australian Open when he was defeated by South Korean Seong-chan Hong 6-2 7-6(2) at Melbourne Park on Friday.

With both Lleyton Hewitt and Tony Roche looking on, Santillan was left to rue a match-total of 45 unforced errors as opposed to his opponent’s eight in a match that lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

Hong, the 7th seed for the event, was clinical in taking the first set 6-2 in just 29 minutes.

Santillan improved in the second and saved three match-points to force it to a tiebreak. However, it was again a case of unforced errors that handed the ascendency to Hong who made the most of his opportunities.

Santillan can be pleased with his tournament, reaching the final-four after coming in as the 16th seed.

There is little doubting the potential and talent of the 17-year-old from Brisbane who will be a force to be reckoned with once he can produce his best form consistently.

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