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Basilashvili beats Bautista Agut to win Qatar Open

Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 - Day Six

DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 13: Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia poses with the trophy following victory in The Qatar ExxonMobil final between Roberto Bautista Agut and Nikoloz Basilashvili on day six of Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 13, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. Sporting stadiums around Qatar remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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DOHA, Qatar -- 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.