Roberto Bautista Agut is extremely happy after his win at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha. The Spanish player defeated Tomas Berdych in three sets to triumph in the Qatari tournament for the first time. 'It was a great start to the season, of course,' said the Castellon de la Plana native.
'The best thing I wish is to feel good physically, mentally, like I am now, like I felt this week. And if this happens, I think I can get closer and get better in the rankings and why not be closer to top-10.' Asked if he had thought he would win in Doha, Bautista Agut replied: 'It's always a very tough draw, very tough tournament with a lot of good players in the draw.
And when I started the week, I was feeling good with the ball. I was enjoying practicing. I was playing match by match. And since the first moment of the tournament until the last point, I felt really good on the court.' It's the third time in a row Bautista won a tournament in January after Auckland in 2016 and Chennai in 2017.
How does he manage to do it? 'Well, it's good time for me after being fresh, after being home two months. And I think I did well preparation. I work really hard at home. And I think also the conditions and the surface.
It is good for my tennis and I think this is one of the reasons.' Asked how he saw his own chances for Melbourne, Bautista added: 'Still one week to come, but now I want to enjoy the week. I think it was one of my best matches on the tour.
Yesterday, I played really good tennis against Novak. And, well, I want to recover my body, I want to be fresh in Melbourne and try to win as much as I can.' Next year at the same period of the year, there will be the ATP Cup and also Doha in the same time.
The 27-year-old does not know what he will play: 'I still have to develop the schedule for next year. I don't know how it is going to be. But, of course, I really like this tournament, I really feel very good here on the court and I will like to come many times as possible.'