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Roberto Bautista Agut first into Dubai Tennis Championships semi-finals

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Croatian Borna Coric 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to enter the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

tennis Updated: Mar 01, 2018 20:11 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Dubai
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Roberto Bautista Agut (in pic) beat Borna Coric of Croatia in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. (AFP)

Third seed Roberto Bautista Agut hammered down an overhead winner on match point to book the first semi-final place at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday.

The Spaniard, playing the event for the sixth straight year, defeated Croatian Borna Coric 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in just under an hour and three-quarters.

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The 23rd-ranked winner goes through to a Friday showdown with either Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas or Tunisian giant-killer Malek Jaziri, who knocked world number four and top seed Grigor Dimitrov out in the first round.

French second seed Lucas Pouille was due to face the Japanese eighth seed Yuichi Sugita later.

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Bautista Agut overcame six aces from Coric, who made his name in Dubai three years ago when he knocked out Andy Murray.

The Spaniard, who won the title in Auckland in January, broke the Croatian twice to ensure his eighth win of the season.

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“I am happy, I played very good tennis,” Bautista Agut said. “It was not easy to beat Borna. He’s very solid.

“He was playing very good serves. He was playing very aggressive -- it’s my best match of the tournament.”

First Published: Mar 01, 2018 20:11 IST