Photo: Jason SimmonsLuke Saville and Dane Propoggia (AUS)
South Australian Luke Saville made it back-to-back singles title wins in his homeland with a hard fought 75 67(5) 60 triumph over Dane Propoggia in front of a packed centre court at the Mildura Grand international.
Eralier in the week Saville defeated Alex Bolt in a three set marathon in the quarterfinals winning 14-12 in a third set breaker before moving through to the final, his third in as many weeks, with a semifinal defeat of Matthew Barton.
Saville, boosted by having family and friends support him in the stands as his home is only two hours away, was pleased with his improved service game during the final. “I thought I served pretty well and that kept me in the match. In the baseline rallies Dane (Propoggia) had the upper hand but I felt that that’s been a major improvement in my game”, Saville said.
“Mildura is pretty much my second home being two hours down the road. It’s pretty much like playing at home, I’m almost a local boy”, Saville added. “The courts are great and the atmosphere here is fantastic.”
Saville now is 14 wins from 15 singles matches this year on the ITF Pro Circuit having won last week’s event at Port Pirie and reaching the final at the AUS F1 event at Happy Valley.