On Saturday, the 3rd of March, Roberto Bautista Agut earned his first ATP World Tour 500 title after a tremendous week of tennis in Dubai.
The final saw its first break when the opponent Lucas Pouille served at 1-2, hitting an untimely double fault giving Bautista Agut the lead. While Bautista Agut faced his only break point of the set in the next game, he saved it with a beautiful backhand down the line, and captured the first set by 6-3 a few games later. While Lucas Pouille battled until the end, Bautista Agut struck a forehand to end a tantalizing 25-shot rally to earn match point, which he clinched when Pouille hit a passing shot into the net, winning the match by 6-3, 6-4.
The win at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships marks Roberto Bautista Agut’s careers greatest result so far and boosts his world ranking from No.23 to No.16 this week.