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Back-to-back titles for Saville, but aiming sights higher


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LUKE Saville is not getting carried away.
The South Australian, a former world junior No.1 and two-time grand slam champion at that level, won his second Futures title in a row at Mildura today in his third consecutive final.
Saville’s 14th victory in 15 matches – 7-5 6-7(5) 6-0 over Dane Propoggia – will see him rise from 369 to about 274 once the ATP rankings are updated in two Mondays’ time.
That is plenty to be excited about and Saville, 20, called his past three weeks “a bit of a fairytale”, but also described the Futures level as the “bottom of the barrel” in world tennis.
“I’m thrilled about the success, but I know it’s the bottom of the barrel, the bottom of the level,” Saville said.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I did come here to go deep into these Futures and I’ve done that, so mission accomplished.
“Now it’s time to probably start playing a few more Challengers.”
Propoggia provided stiff opposition on Mildura’s grass and probably should have made more of his performance.
The doubles specialist was utterly dominant on serve in the opening two sets, except for two games that let him down – and Saville, as he does, capitalised on them.
Propoggia won 40 of 46 points on serve through that period outside of those two breaks in the 11th game of the first and second sets.
But he revived his chances right at the death, with Saville, after recovering from 15-40 to get to deuce, conceding serve for the first time on the fourth break point in the game.
“It was a really funny match,” Saville said.
“The first set he completely dominated then he threw in a shocker at five-all.
“I served exceptionally well the whole match, which helped, then in the second set at five-all he threw in another pretty bad game and then I got a bit tight serving for it.

“I had a couple of ‘matchies’ (match points in the 12th game of the second set), but he fought it out well then won the tiebreak.
“But I started getting onto his serve a lot more in the third set and started returning better, which is good.”
Saville said he did nothing differently in the deciding set, but managed to middle a few more returns and create more opportunities.
The key now is translating his success to Challenger level, once he contests the remaining two Australian Pro Tour events – both $15,000 Futures – in Melbourne.
“The way I’m serving, I’m getting free points and that will work against almost anyone in the world,” Saville said.
“My serve is a massive part and I’ve always had great returns, so I think if I can stick with my strengths, like I am, that I can match it with Challenger players.
“I have played a few Challengers in my career and have managed to qualify and win a round here or there, but I haven’t broken through.
“That will definitely be one of my goals this year – to break through and do well in the Challengers.”
Meanwhile, Saville said his Melbourne-based Russian girlfriend Daria Gavrilova, who is also a tennis player, was still about three months from returning after a knee reconstruction.
Gavrilova reached a career-high WTA ranking of 128 in mid-October last year.
Saville said he did not know what Gavrilova’s plans were on a potential switch of allegiances to Australia.
“She’s getting a bit of help from Tennis Australia, but that’s all I know,” he said.
“I’m not in deep with all that sort of stuff.”
The Mildura title was the fifth of Saville’s career and third since October.
He beat New South Welshman Jordan Thompson in last week's Port Pirie final and lost the Happy Valley decider a week before that to American Jarmere Jenkins.

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Great progress from Luke
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Lets hope we get Gavrilova too!
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2014 Glen Iris Claycourt International

R1 [2] Luke Saville AUS - Steven De Waard AUS 6-2 6-4
R2 [2] Luke Saville AUS - Bradley Mousley AUS 4-3 Ret.

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QF [2] Luke Saville AUS - Li Tu AUS 7-6(2) 6-1

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SF [2] Luke Saville AUS - [4] Dane Propoggia AUS 6-4 6-3

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F [2] Luke Saville AUS - [5] Alex Bolt AUS 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4

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What an excellent run he is on. The Challenger tour beckons.

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He was down triple match point in the final, great come back from luke

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Saville completes comeback to win Glen Iris Futures title

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TWO THOUGHTS went through Luke Saville’s mind as he prepared to serve, down triple match point to Alex Bolt late in the second set of today’s $15,000 Glen Iris final.
The first was, ‘I’m going to lose this’. The other, more positive one was the voice of Saville’s old coach, Ray Ruffels.
“He actually said to me, ‘When you’re down match point, you’re not far off winning’,” Saville said of Ruffels.
“I take that in the sense if you can save those match points then it really hurts your opponent mentally.”
Three first serves followed.
Saville, with his injured tennis-player girlfriend Daria Gavrilova cheering his every move, only had to play one extra shot – a crushing forehand winner off a mid-court ball.
He celebrated escaping from the game with a skip, a jump and a fist pump.
Neither player made the most of his opportunities to that stage, but that was the biggest moment in shaping the contest’s direction.
Saville went on to score his fourth consecutive victory over Bolt – all three-setters and the past two after facing match points – and third title in his past four tournaments.
The former world junior No.1, who out-aced left-handed Bolt 13 to 11, also lost the Happy Valley final before that to American Jarmere Jenkins.
The 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 triumph is set to vault Saville into the top 250 in the ATP rankings in about a week for the first time.
“It’s been a bit of a fairytale, to be honest,” Saville said of his strong run of form.
“Everyone says they want to get out of Futures as quickly as possible and at the start of the year I looked up these Futures I was going to play and said to myself, ‘Yeah, I really want to go deep’.
“There’s no doubt in my mind I was thinking that. But to actually go out and do it like I have, I’m really, really, really proud of myself.”
Two-time junior grand slam champion Saville said what most pleased him was the confidence his game would translate to ATP Challenger level.
“I feel like things have come along – my serve’s come along – and there are things in my game that are going to stand up not only at Futures level, but at Challenger level as well,” he said.

Melbourne Park champion Alex Bolt was one point away three times from consecutive singles titles

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“That’s probably the most important thing. But to play like I have this year so far, after having such a disappointing 2013, my mindset is in a really positive way at the moment.
“I’m chomping at the bit to get to Asia and give these Challengers a crack.”
Saville’s inspired play from match points down in the second set at 4-5 lasted until early in the deciding set, when he surged 3-1 ahead.
That was his first break-point conversion on his ninth chance.
Bolt’s effort could easily have wavered at that stage, but he instead lifted again to break Saville back in the next game.
His thunderous crosscourt forehand to force Saville into error and reduce him to 30-all in that game was superb. In fact, most of the match was played that way.
These are two young Australians genuinely on the rise, with much greater heights to scale.
The rallies were intense, the serving was top notch and it was obvious how desperately both players wanted to win.
In the end that honour went to Saville, after Bolt had another break point – and again was unable to return his fellow South Australian’s first serve – in the seventh game.
They combined to be just four of 22 on break points. That was reflective of the quality of clutch serving the combatants produced.
Saville’s 12th and 13th aces steered him to a 5-4 third-set lead.
Bolt did not go down without a fight. He saved the first two match points he faced – the first controversially with an ace, when the chair umpire overruled a fault call.
But it was ultimately a cruel, anti-climactic finish, with a Bolt double fault ending his challenge.
“It could have been a completely different match if I had have taken just one of (the match points),” Bolt said.
“I think he pulled out three first serves, so there’s not much I could have really done.
“It is (frustrating), especially in a final like this – it was for a title. But all credit to ‘Sav’ for coming up clutch in those big situations.”
The men’s doubles title went to Dane Propoggia and James Lemke.
They downed Aaron Leeder-Chard and Daniel Ferretti 6-1 6-3 in the decider, surviving a last-gasp fightback from the Victorians.
Doubles world No.153 and singles semi-finalist Propoggia has now won 31 doubles titles, while Lemke is up to five, including three with Propoggia.

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Congrats Luke. Great form he is in.
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SAVILLE SAVES MATCH POINTS IN FINAL WIN
Luke Saville saved three match points en-route to a narrow victory over fifth seed Alex Bolt in the final of the Glen Iris Men's International.



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In an all-South Australian final, second seed Luke Saville saved three match points en-route to a narrow 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over fifth seed and good friend Alex Bolt in the final of the Glen Iris Men’s International.

The final was played on the indoor courts at the National Tennis Centre after the clay courts were deemed earlier in the day as still being unsuitable for play.

Bolt, last week’s Melbourne Park Men’s International champion, dominated early in the match to take the first set 6-4.
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In a tight second set Bolt was able to secure three match points in the tenth game against his opponent’s serve but was unable to take advantage. Saville eventually holding serve before the set was determined in a tiebreak, the second seed winning that 7 points to 4.

Saville looked to have gained some confidence with this fightback and held on to this momentum to take the third set with only one service break 6-4 and securing his third title this year on the Australian Pro Tour.

In the earlier doubles final, Victorian James Lemke and New South Welshman Dane Propoggia were too strong against the all-Victorian pair of Daniel Ferretti and Aaron Leeder-Chard taking the final in 55 minutes 6-1 6-3.
n the final of the Melbourne Park Women’s International, second seed Zuzana Zlochova defeated fourth seed Xinyun Han 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4. In the doubles, top seeds Jess Moore (AUS) and Aleksandrine Naydenova (BUL) were too good for fourth seeds Miyu Kato (JPN) and Yuuki Tanaka (JPN), winning 7-5 6-7(5) [10-7].

The next Australian Pro Tour event is the Alice Springs Tennis International from September 27.

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Great work, Luke. Bring on the challengers!
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Gemdale ATP Challenger Shenzhen, China

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