Roberto Bautista Agut and Fabio Fognini begin March with triumphs

06. Mar 2018

FWU Players and Representatives Roberto Bautista Agut and Fabio Fognini celebrated big victories in Dubai and in Sao Paolo during the first weekend of March.

On Saturday, the 3rd of March, Roberto Bautista Agut earned his first ATP World Tour 500 title after a tremendous week of tennis in Dubai.

The final saw its first break when the opponent Lucas Pouille served at 1-2, hitting an untimely double fault giving Bautista Agut the lead. While Bautista Agut faced his only break point of the set in the next game, he saved it with a beautiful backhand down the line, and captured the first set by 6-3 a few games later. While Lucas Pouille battled until the end, Bautista Agut struck a forehand to end a tantalizing 25-shot rally to earn match point, which he clinched when Pouille hit a passing shot into the net, winning the match by 6-3, 6-4.

The win at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships marks Roberto Bautista Agut’s careers greatest result so far and boosts his world ranking from No.23 to No.16 this week.

On the next day, Fabio Fognini took home his 6th ATP World Tour title in Sao Paulo, becoming the first Italian to capture the Brazil Open crown since the tournament began in 2001.

Facing Nicolas Jarry in the final, Fognini’s first title of the season didn’t come easy, trailing 1-6 just after 22 minutes. Fognini got a grip of the match after the first break early in the second set, founding his rhythm and gaining aggression to his signature forehand shot. After one hour and 33 minutes, Fognini converted his match point and lifted the trophy of the Brazil Open with a final score of 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

One week after returning to the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since February 2015, Fognini will use the 250 points he earns to rise another spot to No.19.

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