Basilashvili beats Bautista Agut to win Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nikoloz Basilashvili downed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the final of the Qatar Open for his fourth ATP title.

The Georgian earned the first two break points at 3-2 in the second set, and he took his chance before going on to close out the match in 90 minutes.

Basilashvili had only won two matches from his previous 16 going into the tournament, but he saved a match point to defeat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

“I had zero expectations, for sure, to win (the) tournament,” said Basilashvili, who has now won his last four finals.

Bautista Agut ended Andrey Rublev’s title defense in the semifinals.

“Hopefully I come back next year and try to get the title again,” the 13th-ranked Spanish player said.


More AP tennis: and

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Related Categories:


More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up