A former Australian Open junior champion, Jiri Vesely completed the perfect preparation for the year's first grand slam.
Czech up-and-comer Jiri Vesely clinched his maiden ATP World Tour title with a straight-sets win over Adrian Mannarino in the Heineken Open final on Saturday.
Vesely, who came through qualifying in Auckland, proved far too good for fellow left-hander and Frenchman Mannarino in a 6-3 6-2 victory.
It marked the 21-year-old's first career title as he bids to realise the potential that saw him win the 2011 Australian Open junior crown.
Vesely started slowly, broken in the opening game of the match, before fighting back to level the contest at 2-2.
He broke for a 5-3 lead and saw out the set.
Vesely won five straight games from 1-0 down in the second set as he cruised to a relatively comfortable win.
"It's like a dream. I still can't believe it's true," he said in an on-court interview.
"I still think it's a dream. It's been an amazing week for me."
Vesely heads to the Australian Open and faces Serbian Viktor Troicki, while Mannarino takes on Slovenian Blaz Rola in the first round in Melbourne.