Andrey Rublev put his name into the record books becoming the ATP champion of the new decade after beating Corentin Moutet 6-2, 7-6(3) to win the Doha title Saturday.
Rublev, who made the Doha final two years ago losing to Gael Monfils, is now 9-2 at the event.
“It’s amazing. I’m always really happy to play here. I always enjoy my time here and to finally win the title is something special for me,” Rublev said. “It’s an amazing start to the season for me and I hope I can keep this level.”
The title is Rublev’s third of his career and the win moves him into the Top 20 for a first time.
“There is still much to work on, but I’m happy to become a Top 20 player,” the 22-year-old Rublev said. “I think this is a good part of me, that I still have a lot of space to improve. I want to try to arrive to my maximum and then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
After stunning Stan Wawrinka Friday, the 20-year-old Moutet was appearing in his first final.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t win tonight because the opponent was too good. But I will remember this all my life,” Moutet said.
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