Dayne Kelly: I’ve always felt pretty comfortable on the grass here

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Dayne Kelly: I’ve always felt pretty comfortable on the grass here

In a bid to become the first ever three time Mildura Champion, Australian Dayne Kelly will face Brit Brydan Klein in the title clash and the Victorian is looking to keep his good form going. The 2016-17 champion only conceded eight points in the first set against Arjun Kadhe, who was seeded third for the event.

Things just got worse for the Indian who was forced to retire midway through the second set with an injury to his hip flexor. “It’s nice to get the win, obviously sad to finish the way it did with Arjun getting injured.

Hopefully, he can take care of it and get back on the court in no time,” 28-year old Kelly stated. The two champion here said that he always felt at home when he played at this event. “I’ve always felt pretty comfortable ion the grass here, I’ve been coming since I was maybe 13-years-old – for the nationals back in the day.

It’s great to have that ‘home’ sort of feeling. “I’m playing some good tennis, it’s more the mental side that kind of fluctuates throughout the year for me, but things are going well at the moment and it’s just good to be enjoying my tennis again”.

Kelly is set to take on Brit Brydan Klein in the final after the second seed overcame a first set slump to outclass Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan. Klien has won the Mildura title in 2008 and 2009 (he was also a finalist in 2012) and the pair will face off to determine who will become the first three-time champion.