|Posted on January 5, 2019 at 6:45 PM|
Bautista Agut Beats Berdych For Doha Crown, 9th Career Title
Saturday, January 5, 2019 | TENNIS-X
Roberto Bautista Agut capped one of his best weeks of tennis Saturday beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to capture his first career title in Doha.
Bautista Agut upended Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and today Berdych en route to his 9th trophy.
“It’s always a very tough draw, very tough tournament with a lot of good players in the draw. And when I started the week, I was feeling good with the ball,” Bautista Agut said. “I was enjoying practising. I was playing match by match. And since the first moment of the tournament until the last point, I felt really good on the court.”
The 24th-ranked Agut only moves up one spot in the rankings, but the win should do wonders for his confidence.
“It was a great start to the season,” Bautista Agut said “I wish to feel good physically, mentally, like I am now, like I felt this week. And if this happens, I think I can get better in the Rankings, and why not be closer to the Top 10?”
Despite the defeat, it was a very positive week for former Top 5 Berdych who was playing his first event since Queen’s due to a back injury.
“It was overall a very good match and I think the biggest difference was one game in the third set where I lost badly my serve where I hit two double faults in one game,” Berdych said. “In such a tight match, just made the big difference and that’s why I think Roberto won today, because he was playing well overall and he had a great week.”
Tomas Berdych in action during his singles final against Roberto Bautista of Spain during day sixth of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN
January 5, 2019
R. BAUTISTA AGUT/T. Berdych
6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Q. Tell us about the final. What was the difference in the end?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think it was overall a very good match and I think the biggest difference was one game in the third set where I lost badly my serve where I hit two double faults in one game.
And I think that just, in such a tight match, just made the big difference and that's why I think Roberto won today because he was playing well overall and he had a great week. But that was the biggest difference which decides today's game.
Q. How was your game plan and are you happy with the execution?
TOMAS BERDYCH: The game plan was being aggressive, playing my tennis, which has been very good and very solid throughout the whole week and I was just besides the one game, I was sticking well with the plan and overall I'm happy.
I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title, but I'm happy with the week. It was a good week overall and that's it, let's move on.
Q. Great start to the season. Please sum up the week and assess the week.
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think I already started in the previous question. I think it was a great week overall. I mean, coming after six months of not playing this really - my expectations were completely on a different level.
But, you know, tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went. And, yeah, let's move on to Australia.
Q. Moving on to Australia now. Is this the start in confidence you needed? What are your expectations for the coming weeks?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, it's definitely a great start for me. As I said, six months has been a long time and winning four matches in a row, that's great for the confidence, that's exactly what I've needed.
I'm not sure if I was like seeing this coming, but it's a nice bonus and I definitely appreciate it.
But still I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season, so there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that. So really keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match. And Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.
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