Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bautista Agut wins Dubai 2018 title

Bautista Agut wins Dubai 2018 title
Bautista Agut wins Dubai 2018 title

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-4 to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Bautista Agut, who won the Auckland Classic title in January, controlled the match from the start and took a 3-1 lead and held on to capture the first set.

The Spaniard, who dropped just one set on his way to the final, maintained his momentum in the second to outclass Pouille and win his eighth career title.

"This tournament is very special. It is for sure going to be (always) in my heart and I am so happy I have won a 500 event," Bautista Agut said.

"Lucas is a really great player, he has a great future and is playing unbelievable tennis in the last month. I want to wish him good luck for the rest of the season."

"I didn't give him all the court, all the control of the game," Bautista Agut said. "I was mentally strong. I could come back into the match playing very good tennis (in the second set)."

Pouille also lost a chance to move into the top 10 for the first time.

Bautista Agut is expected to climb to world number 16 when the updated rankings are released on Monday.