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Karatsev beats Harris to win Dubai Championships

Dubai Duty Free Tennis - Day Fourteen

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 20: Aslan Karatsev of Russia poses with the trophy after beating Lloyd Harris of South Africa to win the men’s singles Final match during day fourteen of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Wild card Aslan Karatsev defeated South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Dubai Championships for his first title.

The 27-year-old Karatsev saved the two break points he faced to win in 1 hour, 15 minutes, becoming the third Russian champion this season. Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are the others.

The 42nd-ranked Karatsev has only been beaten by Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem in 14 matches this year. He beat top-seeded Rublev 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in their semifinal, when he claimed his fourth consecutive win over a seeded player at the hard-court tournament.

Harris was also going for his first title after becoming the first qualifier to reach the final.