Russia’s Aslan Karatsev seals maiden ATP title at Dubai Duty Free Championships

Russian Aslan Karatsev cruised past South African Harris 6-3, 6-2 for his first ATP Tour win. (Twitter/Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships)
Russian Aslan Karatsev cruised past South African Harris 6-3, 6-2 for his first ATP Tour win. (Twitter/Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships)
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Updated 20 March 2021

Russia’s Aslan Karatsev seals maiden ATP title at Dubai Duty Free Championships

Russian Aslan Karatsev cruised past South African Harris 6-3, 6-2 for his first ATP Tour win. (Twitter/Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships)
  • It was his first ATP singles final
  • Beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa

DUBAI: Russian Aslan Karatsev continued his remarkable season by winning his first ATP Tour title on Saturday, beating Lloyd Harris in the Dubai final.
The 27-year-old, who became the first man to reach the semifinals on their Grand Slam debut in the Open era at the Australian Open last month, cruised past South African Harris 6-3, 6-2.
Karatsev, who climbed from 114th to 42nd in the world rankings following the Australian Open, broke Harris’ serve midway through the opening set and twice more in the second.
It was his first ATP singles final, having won an event for the first time on tour in last week’s doubles tournament in Doha, alongside compatriot Andrey Rublev.
He dumped out the in-form Rublev in Friday’s semifinals and backed that up against Harris.
Karatsev saved the only two break points he faced as he raced to victory in under an hour and 20 minutes.