The Spanish Roberto Bautista was imposed on Russian Andrei Rublev, recent champion in Rotterdam and one of the fittest players of the season (6-3 and 6-3) to return, two years later, to the final of the tournament of Doha that he already conquered in 2018.
The duel between the last two champions of the competition ended with a triumph for the Spaniard who beat the great favorite, the Austrian in the quarterfinals Dominic Thiem. Now the rival Bautista awaits for the final. He will be the winner of the match between the American Taylor fritz and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Reigning champion Rublev faced his first meeting in Doha this season after his second and third round rivals Richard Gasquet of France and Marton Fucsovics of Hungary did not appear in the duels due to various ailments.
Roberto Bautista was superior. Especially the first set. In the second he was even despite the fact that the Spanish broke from the start. The Russian responded with another break, accumulating seven wins in a row, although the last two without having to jump onto the track.
The Spaniard, who intends to raise his career successes to ten, the last precisely in Doha in 2019, then accelerated to close the match and reach his eighteenth final, the second this season after Montpellier, where he lost to the Belgian David Goffin.
“I have played a good game. I pushed a lot with his second serve and it went well for me. I’ve been at this court for three games and Rublev made his debut. That could have affected. I feel very well and I am very happy to play a new final in this competition, “said Bautista on the track.
The fourth win in six meetings against Rublev, who, however, won the last two, closed in one hour and fourteen minutes. Now he waits for his rival for the final. Or Fritz or Basilashvili.