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Marc Polmans wins ACT Claycourt International final against Blake Mott

Either way, former world No.64 and current coach Peter Luczak was going to be a happy man on Sunday.

Two of his players, Marc Polmans and Blake Mott, were contesting the ACT Claycourt International final, with the former prevailing in a three-set thriller 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

"We train together and Peter just told us to go out there and compete hard as we can and give it our best and shake hands afterward, and that's what happened," Polmans said.

"It was a close match all the way, I had chances in the first set and was able to eventually win it in a tiebreaker, then I lost the second but they were really close games and the third set could have gone either way.

"It was the best match I've played all week, that's for sure. We had some really good rallies and I was striking them the best I have in quite a few tournaments."

It was the pair's fifth meeting in the past 12 months and after four consecutive defeats Polmans finally turned the tables after firing himself up in Spanish.

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"I actually don't speak any Spanish but I've learnt a few words like vamos [come on] from watching games on TV and they've stuck in my brain so they come out when I play," Polmans said.

Polmans' goals for the year are to qualify for his first grand slam singles main draw and build on a dream doubles run at this year's Australian Open.

Alongside Andrew Whittington the wildcard pair made it all the way to the semi-finals which earned 19-year-old Polmans a doubles ranking of world No.75.

"That was an awesome run considering we were wildcards. It was a massive achievement getting to play on Margaret Court Arena and probably the most memorable moment of my career so far," Polmans said.

"This year I've locked myself in for French Open qualifiers, then Wimbledon, then the US Open. I've played three Aussie Opens qualifiers and hopefully next year I can make my first singles main draw."

Despite his doubles success, the South African-born teenager insists he is focusing on a singles career after rising more than 600 spots last year to world No. 213.

"I'm definitely a singles player and that is my main priority but playing doubles on the side helps my singles," Polmans said.

"My game really started coming together last year when a few things started going my way. I went to Africa to play some tournaments and got some confidence and then did well in a few Futures tournaments back home.

"The plan is to keep developing my physicality and getting stronger and fitter, you have to improve in those areas these days because everyone is so strong.

"Mental strength is also very important, nobody can fix your mental toughness but you, and everyone deals with it differently but I think mine is a strength of my game."

Polmans will now attempt to go back-to-back and win the ACT Claycourt International #2 which begins on Tuesday.

"It'll be very tough going back-to-back with a lot of good players in the field and I'll be the player to beat now. I just need to rest up and build on this week's confidence," Polmans said.