Saville eyes new start with Open wildcard

Luke Saville is looking to play his way into the n Open with a wildcard win.Luke Saville is looking for a fresh start, with an appearance in the n Open the ideal way to reignite his tennis career.
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Saville will take on James Duckworth in Sunday’s n Open wildcard playoff final at Melbourne Park, with both players keen to rediscover some winning form.

The victor will be rewarded with direct entry into the main singles draw of the January tournament.

Still just 24, Saville’s world ranking has tumbled from a career-high 152 in 2015 to 476 and he has failed to feature in a grand-slam main draw since 2012.

A former junior world No.1, the winner of the Wimbledon and n Open junior titles has struggled with the transition to the senior field.

The South n said he felt he’d found some good form this week during the invitational tournament.

“I’ve been pretty happy with my game and have been playing well,” Saville told Tennis .

“I’ve done some good work leading into this tournament and I’m happy to be playing off for a wildcard.

“It’s a massive prize on offer.”

Ranked 244, Duckworth has also had his struggles, undergoing five rounds of surgery on his foot, shoulder and elbow over 12 months.

The 26-year-old Sydneysider made six consecutive n Open main-draw appearances from 2012-17 and reached a career-high world No. 82 before the injury run.

“We know each other’s games so well and James is a quality player – he’s been top 100,” Saville said.

“A few injuries have put him back outside but he’s obviously a very good player.”

Saville said Duckworth would start favourite for the final but he was happy just to be in with a chance.

“I’ll go in as the underdog but I don’t mind that tag.

“I just want to go out there and dig in, play another good match, serve well and I think I’ll give myself the best chance if I do that.”

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