Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut took it one step further after his runner-up effort last year at the Winston-Salem Open, in Saturday’s final downing first-time ATP finalist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzogovina 6-4, 6-4 to win the North Carolina stop prior to the US Open.
“I didn’t drop a set and I played very good tennis,” Bautista Agut said after claiming his second title of the year. “It was a tough final. He’s playing very smart, he changes the rhythm and plays very tricky. I was very focused and very solid. After he broke back in both sets I needed to manage the nerves, stay calm and be focused. I was a bit nervous after losing my serve but I managed it well.”
Bautista Agut also won the Aircel Chennai Open hardcourt title in January, and has now won six career titles.
Dzumhur was the first player from Bosnia-Herzogovina to reach an ATP World Tour final, and Saturday was his 11th match in the past 12 days.
“Best week for me so far,” Dzumhur said. “I really enjoyed playing in Winston-Salem…I fell behind 0-3 in both sets and it’s not easy to win sets from there, especially against a player like Roberto, who didn’t drop a set all week…My legs were giving up in a few points, but I was trying to fight till the end.”
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