Nikoloz Basilashvili continued a reversal of fortune which began this week with his upset of Roger Federer, as the Georgian won his fourth career title 7-6(5), 6-2 on Saturday over Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha.

The unfancied winner had managed just two wins from his 16 previous matches;  

The 29-year-old is likely under extra pressure off-court, facing judicial proceedings at home after being arrested last May for domestic violence against his ex-wife, a reality which may have been putting him off his game in recent months.

The No. 42 dealt with gusting desert wins which raked across the Aviation Club as he downed his Spanish opponent in 90 minutes while never facing a break point.

“I am somehow managing to play good in tougher conditions and tougher matches,” Basilashvili said.

“This tournament was one of the toughest ATP 250s I have ever seen, probably. We had four Top 10 players. 

“It’s interesting (as to) why I am playing good in the big tournaments and big matches – it’s surprising, but I’m happy.”

Basilashvili began making an impression this week as he ended Roger Federer’s comeback with a quarter-final win in which he saved a match point..

Basilashvili, who lost his first two ATP finals before sweeping his next four, had dropped  three of four against Bautista Agut.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, 2019 champion here, missed the chance to claim an 11th title and also had his nine-match Doha win streak ended.

His victims this week had included top seed Dominic Thiem and No. 3 Andrey Rublev.

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