Dubai - Roberto
Bautista Agut doubled his trophy haul for 2018 when he defeated Lucas
Pouille 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai final, preventing the Frenchman from
reaching the world top 10 for the first time.
The third-seeded Spaniard, ranked 23rd, now owns eight career titles after starting this season with success in Auckland.
special to win here, I've been working hard," the champion said.
prepared to manage the emotions. I played very well this week.
"I've started the season very well, my level is increasing."
Pouille, champion last month in Montpellier and finalist last weekend
in Marseille, gave all credit to his opponent in the 81-minute final.
played some great tennis tonight. Even if I think I had some
opportunities - especially in the second set where I got the break for
3-1 up - I couldn't conserve them," said the second seed.
tough match. I was not serving well at all. A few easy points with my
serve would have been good with my energy. I think that didn't help me."
The number 15 added: "He was very solid and played some great tennis when he had to."
Bautista Agut rallied from a break down in the second set to pave the way for his win.
The result prevented number 15 Pouille from moving into the world top 10 for the first time.
would have been better with a victory, so that's why it's not
fantastic." Pouille said.
"But it was a good week, a lot of positive
Bautista Agut trailed 3-1 in the second set after winning the first, but quickly broke back for 2-3 and squared the set 3-all.
Spaniard then put Pouille under pressure with three break points and
profited from a break for 5-4 before serving out for the victory a game
later on his first match point.
Result on the last day of the ATP Dubai Championships on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x3) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x2) 6-3, 6-4