Traralgon, Victoria, 27 October 2019 | Asher Packman

Marc Polmans claimed his third career ATP Challenger title after winning the Latrobe City Traralgon Challenger on Sunday.

The fourth seed defeated fellow Victorian Andrew Harris (No.6) in an entertaining tussle, 7-5 6-3, after both were required to complete their semifinals on Sunday morning when rain washed out play the previous day.

At that stage, Polmans and Harris were each trailing their Japanese opponents – Hiroki Moriya (No.12) and Tatsuma Ito (No.2) – by a set, but on return they rallied and took the matches in deciding-set tiebreakers.

“I think we both did well to sneak out those wins and make it an all-Aussie final,” Polmans said.

“I knew it was important to get the first set in the final, because we’d both played those long matches in the morning, so maybe fatigue was a little bit on his side after that, but he was playing well and I was definitely up for the battle,” Polmans added.

After winning the Zhangjiagang title in China back in March, Polmans now pockets his second ATP Challenger title this year and stands on the brink of reaching a new career-high ranking inside world No.137. Moving onto Playford (South Australia) next week, in what is Polmans’ last tournament of the year, provides a perfect opportunity to achieve that – something not lost on the 22-year-old.

“When you win a tournament you’re in a happy place, but you’ve got to get back to work so I’ll be straight back on it in a few days,” he said.

Top seeds Luke Saville and Max Purcell continued their impressive form on the ATP Challenger Tour, taking out the doubles title with a 6-7(2) 6-3 [10-4] victory over unseeded duo Brydan Klein of Great Britain and Scott Puodziunas.

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