NEW Zealander Alexander Klintcharov took out the boys singles tennis title in dramatic fashion during the Oceania Closed Junior Championship in Lautoka yesterday.
Klintcharov defeated Daniel Guccione of Australia in a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
The Kiwi, who turns 17 tomorrow, lost the first set and was down 2-5 in the second set before making a grand comeback at the Construction and Hire Equipment Limited regional courts.
With the win Klintcharov is expected to better his world junior ranking which currently is 240.
Guccione is ranked 194.
In the all-Australian girls final, 117-ranked Priscilla Hon beat Zoe Hives, ranked 278, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Tournament referee Patrick O'Rourke said both matches lasted more than two-and-a-half hours.
He said the boy's final proved to be a classic.
"Klintcharov showed a lot of composure to come from behind to level in the second set," O Rourke said.
"This was one of the toughest tournaments hosted in Fiji. The participants are really chasing those ranking points. At least one of girls is going to the US Open after this."
The tournament featured 15-year-old Sara Tomic of Australia, who has a world junior ranking of 55.
Tomic crashed out in the quarter-finals to Hives. This year Tomic participated in the Australian Open Championship, Roland Garros Junior French Championship and Junior Wimbledon Championship.
She has also played in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Romania, Morocco and Germany
Fiji Tennis Association executive member and national coach Naga Reddy said it was good to see the world ranked players lifting the profile of the tournament.
The local and Pacific Island players failed to go beyond the second round.