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Bautista Agut turns tables on Basilashvili, lifts Doha trophy

It was a second Doha crown for the Spaniard, reversing the result from last year

Roberto Bautista Agut Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha (Panoramic)

Roberto Bautista Agut turned the tables on Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Doha final to take the title 6-3, 6-4.

The two had also met in the final of last year’s edition of the tournament – but the Georgian won that 7-6(5), 6-2.

This is the Spaniard’s tenth tour-level title, and his second in Doha, having beaten Tomas Berdych to win three years ago.

But it is also his first title since 2019, and the victory clearly meant a lot to him.

“It has been a while since I lifted a trophy,” he admitted afterwards. “I have been working very hard to reach another final and to get the chance to win another title. It was a big dream for me to win a title and I have now won twice in Doha. It is very special for me and I am very happy.”

The 33-year-old Spaniard is a master at Doha, which is one of the two events he has won more than once in his career. Bautista Agut also won a pair of titles in Auckland (2016 and 2018) and he improved to 13-2 lifetime at Doha with his triumph.

Bautista Agut is 11-3 in 2022 thus far.

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