Dubai: Roberto Bautista Agut, whose profession took a quantum bounce for the reason that Spaniard gained the Dubai Responsibility Unfastened Tennis Championships crown in 2018, needs to reclaim the crown this 12 months.
When he lifted the trophy, at 23 he was once the lowest-ranked participant to assert the name since 26th ranked Fabrice Santoro in 2002. He has since grow to be a member of the arena’s most sensible 10 and final season noticed him produce a number of profession firsts. He complicated to his first Grand Slam quarter-final on the Australian Open ahead of shedding to Stefanos Tsitsipas after which he went one spherical higher at Wimbledon, attaining his first Grand Slam semis ahead of shedding to eventual champion and international No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Proper firstly of final season, he had defeated Djokovic en path to his 9th ATP Excursion name at Doha, and he went directly to defeat Djokovic once more to achieve the ATP Masters 1000 Miami quarter-finals. He additionally reached the ATP Masters 1000 quarter-finals at Montreal and Cincinnati ahead of capping it off by way of serving to Spain clinch victory in November’s Davis Cup last.
His efficiency there in Madrid was once exceptional, as his father passed on to the great beyond at the eve of the event. Regardless of one of these tragic tournament, Bautista Agut controlled to win two of his 3 suits and his fortitude drew top reward from fellow staff member Rafael Nadal, who stated, “The one who has been necessary (within the staff victory) has been Roberto Bautista. He’s an instance for the remainder of my lifestyles.”
The brand new season has additionally begun brilliantly as he didn’t drop a collection in all six suits he performed as he helped Spain to the general on the inaugural ATP Cup, even profitable his opening fit of the season 6-0, 6-0. Even if he fell within the 3rd spherical of the Australian Open, he battled Marin Cilic for 4 hours and 10 mins ahead of conceding the fit 6-Three within the 5th set.
“We very a lot loved witnessing Roberto Bautista Agut’s run to the name two years in the past, as he added his title to the listing of alternative distinguished champions from Spain, Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal,” stated Colm McLoughlin, Govt Vice Chairman & CEO, Dubai Responsibility Unfastened. “His shape since then has been exceptional, particularly in contemporary months, and we look ahead to seeing how he progresses in 2020, each right here in Dubai and all over the remainder of the season.”
The Dubai Responsibility Unfastened Tennis Championships starts with the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the WTA tournament, which runs from February 17-22, adopted by way of the ATP event from February 24-29.
Tickets for the event are to be had at www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.