Dubai, March 4 (IANS) Third-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to win his second title of 2018 and the biggest of his career.
The 23rd-ranked Bautista-Agut’s victory at this ATP World Tour 500 series event on Saturday comes less than two months after he won an Australian Open tune-up tournament in Auckland.
The 29-year-old Spaniard needed 80 minutes to improve his career record against Pouille to 3-1 and clinch his eighth career title. The other seven came at 250-level tournaments.
With his loss in the final, the 15th-ranked Pouille missed an opportunity to enter the top 10 of the ATP rankings for the first time.
Bautista-Agut grabbed an early break of serve in the first set and made it stand up, fending off the lone break point he faced in the fifth game.
The second-seeded Pouille appeared to turn the tide when he broke Bautista-Agut’s serve to take a 3-1 lead in the second set, but the Spaniard won five of the last six games to seal the win.