Canberra ACT, Australia, 18 March 2017 | David Packman

The decision to return early from China to play in the ACT Clay Court International events in Canberra is paying off Marc Polmans after he defeated fellow Victorian teen Omar Jasika to reach the first tournament’s final on Saturday.

“I made the late call to come home but it’s certainly paid off so far,” Polmans said of his return to the Australian Pro Tour. “The conditions made things tricky today so it’s good to get the win.”

It was an impressive display from the world No.225 who only required 73 minutes to oust Jasika 6-4 6-3 in windy and often difficult conditions.

“I just felt today I was playing a little bit better,” the second seed added. “Just a few less errors I guess.

“I like playing in Canberra, there’s a bit of altitude which helps my serve. For me, I see it as a bit of an advantage.”

Polmans will play Blake Mott, seeded fourth, in the final after the Melbourne-based 20-year-old got the better of Queenslander Maverick Banes in a similar score line, 6-3 6-4, spending just one minute less than Polmans on court.

“I haven’t had too many wins over them,” Polmans said of both Banes and Mott. “So it’s going to tough.”

Polmans head-to-head record against Mott is 0-4, so he will be hoping to reverse that trend on Sunday.

“I’m just looking forward to playing in the final and having a good crack,” he said.

The doubles title was decided on Friday, with Americans Evan King and Nathan Pasha coming from a set down to edge out Banes and fellow Queenslander Gavin Van Peperzeel in a match tiebreaker 4-6 6-3 [10-4].

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