Canberra ACT, Australia, 26 March 2017 | David Packman

Marc Polmans has capped off a stellar fortnight in Canberra after backing up his victory at the first ACT Clay Court International with a second title on Sunday.

“I’m super happy to have gone back-to-back, I always seem to play my best here,” Polmans said. “It ended up being a good call to come back from China where I was going to play some tournaments.”

The Victorian teenager didn’t have things all his own way in the final against No.8 seed Maverick Banes with the Queenslander taking the first set and forcing the second into a tiebreaker.

However, Polmans took control, only dropping a single point to level proceedings at a set apiece before forcing a crucial break in the deciding set to take the match 6-7(5) 7-6(1) 6-4 in just under three hours.

Banes has also enjoyed a fruitful fortnight in Canberra after reaching the semifinal last week.

“It would have been good to get that first set but Maverick came up with some good points,” Polmans said. “Then I managed to get that one break in the third set which proved to be the deciding factor in the match.

“It could have gone either way and I’m just happy that I played the big points just that little bit better today.”

Polmans then added further icing to the cake, winning the doubles title with partner Bradley Mousley. The top seeds defeated Steven de Waard and Scott Puodziunas 6-4 7-6(4).

“I’ve improved in a few areas,” Polmans said of his form over the past fortnight. “Especially my serve and my movement which seems to have made a little bit of a difference.

“I also like to use my drop shot and come forward. It was a tactic right from the beginning of these two weeks.”

The world No.220 will now head back to Melbourne for a three-week training block before touring Europe for three months where he’ll attempt to qualify for the French Open and Wimbledon.

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