Mornington VIC , 19 March 2016 | David Packman

Top seed Gavin van Peperzeel has accounted for local teenager Marc Polmans 6-3 6-4 to reach the final of the $25,000 Mornington Peninsula Tennis International #1 on Saturday.

“I’ve had a couple of tough matches already this week,” van Peperzeel said. “So I’m pretty happy that I came out today, wasn’t mentally flat and actually played very well.”

Despite having his serve broken at the beginning of the second set, the 23-year-old Queenslander looked the dominant player on court throughout, his heavier hitting and movement causing some headaches for Polmans, who has been enjoying a very solid month on the Pro Tour himself.

“Marc’s had some really good wins in the last couple of weeks,” said van Peperzeel. “He’s beaten some quality players and he’s playing really well.

“But I definitely think the clay helped me a lot today. As the rallies progressed, it just gave me that little extra edge.”

Van Peperzeel will meet Victorian Andrew Whittington in the final, after the No.5 seed ousted Chris O’Connell 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a match which lasted over three hours.

“I’m definitely not going to take it lightly, there’s a title on the line,” van Peperzeel said of the upcoming encounter. “I’m confident in my abilities but that all changes once we hit the first ball.”

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