Bautista Agut Claims Chennai Title
Roberto Bautista Agut added a fifth ATP World Tour title to his trophy cabinet, beating 20-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 in the Aircel Chennai Open final on Sunday. The World No. 14 is now 5-6 in finals, with Chennai added to his Sofia (2016), Auckland (2016), Stuttgart (2014) and s-Hertogenbosch (2014) titles.
“I think it’s a great tournament and that’s why it’s my fifth time in a row coming here,” said Bautista Agut. “This tournament has helped me a lot to get into the Top 50 players [in the world]. I’m a much better player now than five years ago. I have more experience and I’ve improved a lot of things.
“There are a lot of tournaments and a lot of points coming up, but I’m happy with the start to win the first week of the year.”
The second-seeded Spaniard broke the #NextGenATP star for 3-1 in the first set and again for 5-4 in the second before closing out the championship in the next game on his first match point. Bautista Agut did not face a break point and won 84 per cent of his first serve points in the 73-minute victory.
After a bye in the first round, Bautista Agut claimed a straight sets win over Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round, overcame a 6-2, 4-1 deficit to Mikhail Youzhny in the quarter-finals, and topped fifth seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3 for a spot in the final.
After saving match point against Dudi Sela to reach his first ATP World Tour final, Medvedev was bidding to become the third #NextGenATP player to win a tour-level title. Alexander Zverev (St. Petersburg) and Karen Khachanov (Chengdu) won their first titles last fall.
“He was more consistent than me today,” said Medvedev. “He played amazing tennis. I couldn’t do much about it. I tried my best but he was the better player today.”