Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut lifts Winston-Salem ATP trophy

Roberto Bautista Agut warmed up for the US Open by claiming his second ATP title of the season on Saturday at the Winston-Salem Open.

Published: 27th August 2017 11:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2017 11:05 AM   |  A+A-

Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, reacts after defeating Damir Dzumhur, of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. | AP

By AFP

MIAMI: Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut warmed up for the US Open by claiming his second ATP title of the season on Saturday at the Winston-Salem Open.

The top seed -- and runner-up to compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the tournament last year -- defeated first-time ATP finalist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

The triumph comes after his January victory at Chennai, and his two titles in 2017 match his career best for a season. He also won two tournaments in 2014.

Bautista Agut's ninth career crown was a confidence-builder, with the US Open set to start on Monday at Flushing Meadows.

"I had a great week," he said. "I hope to continue this momentum in New York."

The Spaniard seized early leads in each set before Dzumhur battled back.

Bautista Agut led 4-1 in the first and 3-1 in the second before the Bosnian rallied.

But 15th-ranked Bautista Agut, who didn't drop a set all tournament, was ultimately too much for Dzumhur, whose challenge ended with a forehand long on Bautista Agut's first match point.

Despite the defeat, Dzumhur -- who was playing in a lower-level Challenger final in the Dominican Republic last week -- was pleased with his week.

"Best week for me so far," he said. "It was an unexpected good week for me and definitely one that I will always remember."

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