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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 31-27, 30-18 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    31 % Karatsev – 15 of 48
    27 % Harris – 16 of 58

    Only for the 7th time in history a final of unseeded “wild card” and qualifier. Karatsev [42] after sensational Aussie Open semifinal, lost 2R in Doha (to Thiem), but claimed his maiden title in doubles – one week later he raised his first ATP trophy in singles! Absolutely amazing metamorphosis of this player since the Covid-19 break. Last year in March he was ranked 263, now after the Dubai title he is no. 27! “I am super happy. It was a tight match. [I was] really nervous,” Karatsev said in an on-court interview. “I want to congratulate my opponent for the final [run]. He did a great week… I am happy that I won.” The past two weeks it’s a potential breakthrough for Harris as well. The South African defeated Wawrinka in Doha, in Dubai he ousted Thiem, Nishikori & Shapovalov inter alia. He has moved from no. 84 to 52 within two weeks.

    Karatsev’s route to his maiden title (12th main-level event):
    1 Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-4
    2 Daniel Evans 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
    3 Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Q Jannik Sinner 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2
    S Andrey Rublev 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
    W Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-2

    # Karatsev wasn’t two games away from defeat in three matches he won 6-4 in the 3rd (led 5:3 in the first two cases, then 5:2)
    Due to Covid-19, the only Dubai Tennis Championships with a 48-draw and held without spectators

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