Following a victory over Dominic Thiem on Thursday, the 2019 Doha champion Roberto Bautista Agut scored back-to-back top-10 wins for the first time in a career. The Spaniard toppled the last year's winner Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 13 minutes, advancing into the 18th ATP final and the second of the season.
Serving at 78%, Roberto lost serve once and secured four breaks thanks to a marvelous performance on the second serve return to march over the finish line and move closer to the title. Bautista Agut barely lost a point on serve in the opener and earned one break to control the pace.
The Spaniard held with a service winner in the first game before the Russian closed the second game at 30 to get his name on the scoreboard. Roberto held at love in game three and grabbed a break a few minutes later to open a 3-1 gap.
Serving well in the rest of the set, the more experienced player brought the ninth game home 15 following Rublev's forehand mistake for 6-3 after 27 minutes. Continuing where he left in the opener, the Spaniard landed a backhand down the line winner to secure a break at the beginning of the second set to forge a massive advantage.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Nikoloz Basilashvili are through to Doha final.
Andrey pulled the break back a few minutes later with a backhand crosscourt winner and saved a break chance in the next one to open a 2-1 gap. The Spaniard saved two break points in game six and clinched a break when the Russian sprayed a backhand error in the next one.
Returning at 5-3, Roberto sealed the deal with a backhand crosscourt winner to complete an impressive performance and set the title clash against Nikoloz Basilashvili. The struggling Georgian saved a match point against Roger Federer yesterday and played on a high level today to beat Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 15 minutes.
Nikoloz landed only 41% of the first serve in, and no one could notice that on the court, dropping serve once and converting three out of seven break opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets. They traded breaks at the beginning of the encounter and served well until the tie break, which Nikoloz claimed 7-3 following Taylor's forehand mistake.
The Georgian had the upper hand on both serve and return in set number two, clinching breaks in games two and six and holding at 15 at 5-1 to emerge at the top.