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| Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut claimed his second title of the season with victory over second seed Lucas Pouille in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Norrie broke three times in the third set and twice in the fourth and fifth and Bautista Agut had no response with the Briton hitting 60 winners - twice as many as his rival.
However, he filled in for Novak Djokovic, after the 12th-ranked Serb withdrew from his semifinal against Bautista Agut earlier in the day with a recurrence of pain in his right elbow.
Bautista Agut, ranked 20th, defeated young Russian Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the grandlytitled exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Djokovic saved three match points before Bautista Agut broke his serve for the fourth time to set up a showdown with Andy Murray.
Among the players who will join the event is Roberto Bautista Agut who earned the ATP most improved player award for 2014 and beat the world no.
Bautista Agut may not be a household name but he is having the best season of his career and last week won a title on grass in Holland.
Andy Murray coasts to a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut, which will have delighted his coach Amelie Mauresmo
Bautista Agut said: "Because Novak is very solid from the baseline he likes to play a lot of rallies.
While Bautista Agut fought back to beat Australian John Millman 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, Denis Shapovalov's 20th birthday celebrations fell flat as he lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Six-times champion Djokovic blasted the 22nd seed off the court in the opening set but Bautista Agut grew more aggressive in the second, stepping in to take his second serves early and baiting his opponent into extended rallies.
Dubai: Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, the footballer-turned-tennis player is hoping to use his strong early season start in defending his singles title when the main draw of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships men's competition gets under way on Monday.
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