Australia’s Marc Polmans is into his third ATP Challenger final for 2018 after defeating France’s Maxime Janvier 6-1, 6-4. He will now take on South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in the final after Harris had earlier defeated Australia’s Jordan Thompson 7-6(6), 6-2.
Both players have a Challenger title to their name in 2018 with Polmans winning the $75,000 title in Launceston, Australia and Harris winning the $75,000 title in Lexington, USA. Polmans was runner-up at the $75,000 Tallahassee, USA Challenger event and Harris was runner-up at Aptos, USA.
In the semi-final against world no. 272 Janvier, Polmans served at 74% to Janvier’s 63% and he won 74% of first serve points. Polmans, the world no. 161 took control of the first set breaking Janvier twice from two opportunities while not facing a break point on his serve.
In the second set, Janvier did manage to break the serve of Polmans, but Polmans broke twice including at 4-4. From there the Australian served out the match to advance to his third Challenger final in 2018.
Polmans leads the head-to-head against Harris 2-0 with two wins coming in 2016 in the finals of ITF events in Harare and Maputo.
On reaching the final, Polmans will rise to a career-high ranking of no. 147, a win will take him to around no. 136.