Daniel Byrnes has done it again.
Byrnes, 33, further cemented his legacy as one of Shepparton Easter Tennis Tournament’s all-time greats by claiming his seventh title in yesterday’s final.
He had a cruisy run to the final, but met his match in the form of No.2 seed Josh Tran.
Melbourne-based Tran got out of trouble in his opening two matches, coming from a set down to beat Curt Garwood and Matt Starling before a confident semi-final win against Nicholas Gattuso 6-3, 6-3.
But Byrnes, who dropped just eight games in three matches on his way to the final, again delivered, knocking off his younger opponent 6-4, 7-6 in yesterday’s beautiful conditions.
Byrnes said the title was made sweeter by knocking off a player of Tran’s quality.
‘‘I’m really excited, it’s been a good couple of days and I’m really happy to be able to win,’’ Byrnes said.
‘‘Josh is very hard to play; he’s got big ground strokes, a lot of power and is very quick.
‘‘It was just a matter of trying to mix up the paces and all that sort of thing, and definitely important to get off to a good start.
‘‘The first couple of days I played fairly well, and today the conditions were tough. It was pretty windy and the sun was in an awkward spot, so it was pretty challenging and great to get a win.’’
He said he had played his first Easter tournament aged 10 or 11 — and made it a regular fixture in his calendar.
‘‘I think I like the courts here, they’re really nice,’’ Byrnes said.
‘‘And I like the grass, and the whole atmosphere. It’s pretty relaxing and my brother and sister, we all come down here and have done for a long time. It’s just one of those things that we really enjoy doing.
‘‘I’m 33 now, so it’s been 23 or 24 years — It’s just a place we’ve always enjoyed.’’
Beaten finalist Tran acknowledged the class of his opponent in his runner-up speech.
‘‘Congratulations on your 20th title here Daniel,’’ he said with a laugh.
‘‘He played really well and deserved to win it.’’