Abu Dhabi MWTC: Kevin Anderson edges Roberto Bautista Agut to win the title

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Abu Dhabi MWTC: Kevin Anderson edges Roberto Bautista Agut to win the title

The 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi has come to its end after the final clash between Kevin Anderson and Roberto Bautista Agut. South African prevailed by 6-4 7-6 to lift the title, becoming the 4th different champion of this event, after Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, who conquered all the previous editions. Anderson and Bautista Agut played only once before, in Valencia in 2013, and Spaniard won that one in 3 sets.

Today it was Kevin who emerged at the top, breaking his rival in the first game of the match to grab the opener by 6-4, and winning the second set tie break by 7-0 to conclude the match in an hour and 40 minutes. Both players will now travel to India to play the first official torunament of the new season in Pune as the second and third seeds.

These 2 guys showed the most in the first two days of the tournament and they played a nice final as well. Anderson served on his usual level, facing just 3 break points in the second set and losing serve once. Bautista Agut had an early lead in the second part of the match but he couldn't stay in front for too long, losing serve in the very next game, and he also failed to win the point in the tie break, unable to send the match into a decider.

It was a perfect start of the match for the South African who broke in the opening game of the match to seize the momentum, and he had additional 3 break points in game 5 that could seal the set for him. Bautista Agut fends them off to stay in contention, but he was powerless on the return, winning just 3 points in the first 4 return games.

Kevin had some difficulties in the 10th game when he served for the match but in the end he converted the 4th set point to clinch the opener by 6-4. Roberto held at love at the start of the second set and he broke Anderson in game 2 to create the first lead of the match.

Kevin wasted 2 game points in that game but he left that behind him quickly, breaking back in game 3 to return to the positive side of the scoreboard. Spaniard wasted another break point in game 4, reading opponent's serve much better than in the first part of the match, but that turned out to be the last chance for him in the return games, as Anderson held with ease in the last 4 times he had to serve.

The 7th game could have been the crucial one but this time Anderson was the one who squandered 2 break points and a chance to move in front, and the set had to be decided in the tie break. Kevin was more focused and he secured it by 7-0, winning the title in style and making a perfect start of the season before heading to India where he will seek another success. Final result:


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