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Friday 3rd February
Maverick Banes (QLD) has won his first title in two years, defeating American Jarmere Jenkins to take the Tennis Wollongong International title on Sunday.
“I’m pretty stoked to get my first title in Australia and also my first win over Jarmere, who has got the better of me the last 4 times we played,” Banes said.
Fourth seed Jenkins, took the opening set in a tiebreaker, in 55 minutes. He continued to power through breaking Banes at 4-3, to serve for the match at 5-3. However, Banes didn’t back away from the match as he managed to secure the break back, to take out the second set 7-5. From that point on the 24-year-old Queenslander broke serve twice in the third set to take out the match 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2.
Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall presented both players with the trophies.
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By TIM BARROW
The spoils: Ben Mitchell holds the Wollongong International trophy after beating Germany's Sebastian Fanselow in straight sets on Sunday. Picture: Georgia Matts
QUEENSLANDER Ben Mitchell survived five break points before holding a crucial service game, which set him on course for a straight sets victory at the Wollongong International final on Sunday.
Mitchell won 6-1, 6-4, but had to fight his way back from a break down against Germany’s Sebastian Fanselow at Beaton Park.
Fanselow had led 4-1 in the second set and then had five opportunities to snatch a crucial break while leading 4-3.
However, Mitchell responded on each occasion, before pulling off a stunning lob which caught the baseline, holding at 4-all, the pivotal moment in the match. “I think it got the back of the line,” Mitchell said.
“I wasn’t quite sure if it was going in and (the linesman) didn’t call it, so I was pretty happy.
“To hold off those five break points at 3-4 was the really big turning point.
“I think every single break point (Fanselow had) I won with an ace or a winner, so I’m just happy I was aggressive and held on.”
It’s his second consecutive triumph, after winning the Canberra International Challenger tournament last week. In cruise control early, Mitchell, who is ranked almost 400 ATP places higher than Fanselow, took the first set in 25 minutes.
“It’s the first time I’ve won a tournament without dropping a set, which is very hard to do,” Mitchell said.
Having twice played in the main draw at the Australian Open, losing to American John Isner (2012) and fellow Aussie James Duckworth (2013), Mitchell declared he is playing better than ever.
“My current for is the best it’s ever been,” he said.
“I’m calm. On break points and big points I’ve got a clear mindset and I know what I need to do.
“Winning a Challenger tournament is massive and I’ve picked up quite a few rankings points in the two weeks. I’ve won 10 matches in a row now, so I’ve just got to keep it going.”
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