Bautista Agut Beats Berdych For Doha Crown, 9th Career Title
by Staff | January 5th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Roberto Bautista Agut capped one of his best weeks of tennis Saturday beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to capture his first career title in Doha.

Bautista Agut upended Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and today Berdych en route to his 9th trophy.

“It’s always a very tough draw, very tough tournament with a lot of good players in the draw. And when I started the week, I was feeling good with the ball,” Bautista Agut said. “I was enjoying practising. I was playing match by match. And since the first moment of the tournament until the last point, I felt really good on the court.”

The 24th-ranked Agut only moves up one spot in the rankings, but the win should do wonders for his confidence.

“It was a great start to the season,” Bautista Agut said “I wish to feel good physically, mentally, like I am now, like I felt this week. And if this happens, I think I can get better in the Rankings, and why not be closer to the Top 10?”

Despite the defeat, it was a very positive week for former Top 5 Berdych who was playing his first event since Queen’s due to a back injury.

“It was overall a very good match and I think the biggest difference was one game in the third set where I lost badly my serve where I hit two double faults in one game,” Berdych said. “In such a tight match, just made the big difference and that’s why I think Roberto won today, because he was playing well overall and he had a great week.”

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2 Comments for Bautista Agut Beats Berdych For Doha Crown, 9th Career Title

Richard McMichael Says:

My first time to your site. Do you know where you can read about the upcoming year for the doubles teams on the ATP? Like who is changing partners? Who is continuing? Injuries?
Also, who has retired. Anyone in the top 150 or so would be nice to know about.

Thanks. I like this site.


RZ Says:

Hi Richard, nice to see another fan of doubles on here! It seems in general hard to find out about the dance of the partners. But I read somewhere (possibly on Ben Rothenberg’s Twitter) that this year, 14 of the 15 top doubles teams at the end of last year were sticking together. The one team that was not was Sock-Bryan, which makes sense at the Bryan Brothers are back together now.

In terms of retirement, here’s a list I don’t think it’s comprehensive, but a lot of good names on there. I for one will miss Safarova and Radwanska on the WTA tour.

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