Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut continued his January success of late, winning a title in the first week of 2017 by topping 20-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in the Aircel Chennai Open final on Sunday in India.
Last year the Spaniard won Auckland in January, one of two titles during 2016 in addition to Sofia.
“It’s my fifth time in a row coming here,” Bautista Agut said. “This tournament has helped me a lot to get into the Top 50 players [in the world]. I’m a much better player now than five years ago. I have more experience and I’ve improved a lot of things.”
It was the fifth career title for the 28 year old.
“There are a lot of tournaments and a lot of points coming up, but I’m happy with the start to win the first week of the year,” he said.
Bautista Agut did not face a break point in the final on serve, improving to 5-6 in career finals.
Earlier in the week the No. 2 seed trailed Mikhail Youzny 2-6, 1-4 in the quarterfinals. Medvedev saved two match points in his semifinal against Dudi Sela.
“He was more consistent than me today,” Medvedev said. “He played amazing tennis. I couldn’t do much about it. I tried my best but he was the better player today.”
The Russian Medvedev, entering his fourth year as a pro, was appearing in his first career ATP-level final. Last year he competed at 21 ITF and Challenger-level events, and eight tour or Slam events.
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