Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beats France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets in Dubai final

Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Lucas Pouille of France in Dubai. (REUTERS)
Updated 03 March 2018
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Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beats France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets in Dubai final

DUBAI: Roberto Bautista Agut came from a break down in the second set to win his second title of the season on Saturday, beating Lucas Pouille, 6-3, 6-4, at the Dubai Championships.
The Spaniard claimed the eighth trophy of his career with an 81-minute victory over the French second seed.
The loss prevents number 15 Pouille climbing into the ranking top 10 for the first time.
“This is a special win that I’ll always remember, I’m so happy that I could win,” Bautista Agut said. .
“Lucas is a really good player and has a great future. He’s been playing unbelievable this month,” he said of the Frenchman who last month won in Montpellier and reached the final in Marseille.
“I’ve been working hard,” the winner said. “I was prepared to manage the emotions. I played very well this week.
Bautista Agut trailed 3-1 in the second set after winning the first, but quickly broke back for 2-3 and then squared the set 3-all.
The 23rd-ranked Spaniard then put Pouille under pressure with three break points and profited from a break for 5-4 before serving out victory a game later on his first match point.
Bautista also won in Auckland in January. He improved to 3-1 against Pouille.


Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

Updated 23 April 2019
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Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

  • Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot

LONDON: Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Goals two minutes apart from N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea on top at Stamford Bridge after Jeff Hendrick had given Burnley an early lead.
But Ashley Barnes pulled the visitors even in the 24th minute and Chelsea was unable to get the winner despite dominating possession and finishing with 22 shots.
Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot, one point above Arsenal and three ahead of Manchester United, but has played one game more.
Burnley, meanwhile, all but guaranteed its Premier League status for another season.
The Clarets are nine points above Cardiff in the final relegation place with three games left and have a far superior goal difference.