Roberto Bautista Agut downs Lucas Pouille for his biggest title — ATP Dubai

Borna Coric delivered this beautiful lob during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut

Borna Coric delivered this beautiful lob during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut

"I have been working a lot this month and I was prepared to manage all the emotions", Bautista-Agut said courtside. I need to build all the positive things, to continue for positive energy, a positive way to work.

After an hour and 21 minutes, the Spaniard defeated the Frenchman 6-3 6-4 for his second ATP title of the season and the eight overall, the first above ATP 250 level.

"Lucas is a really great player, he has a great future and is playing unbelievable tennis in the last month".

The loss prevents No. 15 Pouille climbing into the ranking top 10 for the first time.

Third seed Bautista Agut, who won the Auckland Classic title in January, broke in the fourth game before seeing out the first set. "I'm in the first final in a 500 event".

On facing Pouille in the final, Agut added: "He's making good performances". The decider went with serve and Pouille prevailed in another tie-breaker after more than two hours.

Pouille looked to be in charge early on in the second set when he broke serve to lead 3-1, but that lead was short-lived as he then dropped serve in the fifth and ninth games. "I didn't give him all the court, all the control of the game". "I did this already in 250, but first time in 500". A few easy points with my serve would have been good with my energy. This was their fourth meeting, the first since US Open 2016 and Roberto grabbed his third win, saving three out of four break points and stealing rival's serve three times to emerge as a champion and become the first Dubai victor from Spain since 2006 and Rafael Nadal.

After taking the first set easily, Pouille ran into trouble at 5-4 in the second as a determined Krajinovic fought back to drag the contest into a decider.

Pouille avoided going down a double-break and held for 2-4 but Bautista Agut maintained his advantage and secured the opening set with a service victor to place on hand on the dhow boat trophy.

Speaking after his fourth match of a standout week, a visibly deflated Jaziri said: "It's a tough one".

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