DOHA, Qatar — Roberto Bautista Agut ended Andrey Rublev’s Qatar Open title protection within the semifinals by upsetting the Russian 6-3, 6-3 on Friday.
Rublev was additionally aiming for back-to-back titles after successful the ABN AMRO World Tennis Event in Rotterdam on Sunday.
The Russian was within the uncommon place of enjoying a semifinal with out having spent a minute on court docket within the singles event following a bye and two walkovers, although he had been enjoying doubles. Rublev served eight aces however nonetheless had his serve damaged 4 instances by Bautista Agut.
Bautista Agut is into his second closing of 2021 following a loss to David Goffin in Montpellier final month. His win on the Qatar Open in January 2019 stays his most up-to-date title on the tour.
The Thirteenth-ranked Spanish participant will face Nikoloz Basilashvili for the title in Saturday’s closing after the Georgian beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Basilashvili is in his first closing since July 2019 after a Qatar marketing campaign which included a win over Roger Federer’s within the quarterfinals.