Nadal, Ferrer, Bautista: Spanish players had great success in Dubai - CEO

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Nadal, Ferrer, Bautista: Spanish players had great success in Dubai - CEO

The Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin, is excited to have Roberto Bautista Agut back in the Arab tournament. Last year the Castellon de la Plana native defeated Lucas Pouille in the final to win his maiden ATP 500 event in a career. "Players from Spain have enjoyed great success at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships ever since it began, with Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal winning the title and Sergi Bruguera.

Felix Mantilla, Albert Costa, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez all reaching the final. Roberto Bautista Agut is clearly a worthy name to put alongside so many of his outstanding compatriots", said McLoughlin.

Bautista Agut looks forward to playing in Dubai again: “Well, it’s a really good tournament, really special tournament for me in my schedule that means a lot, to win this trophy, no? I think the last winners are the best tennis players in the era.

That makes me so happy." The Tournament Director Salah Tahlak concluded: "He played magnificently throughout the week and it was a pleasure to see him claim the biggest title of his career. He has continued to enjoy success elsewhere and his early results this season prove that he will once again be posing a threat to everyone he faces."

Bautista Agut had an amazing start to the season so far winning the Qatar Open in Doha and reaching the Australian Open semifinals. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title