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Rublev eases to Qatar title and into world top 20

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Doha (AFP)

Russia's Andrey Rublev defeated Corentin Moutet of France 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to win the Qatar Open title on Saturday for a third career trophy and a place in the world top 20 for the first time.

Rublev, 22, and currently ranked 23, dominated his world number 81 opponent who had stunned top seed and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals.

Second seed Rublev, the 2018 runner-up in Doha, won his previous titles at Umag in 2017 and on home ground in Moscow last year.

Rublev is guaranteed to make his top 20 debut next week while Moutet, who came through qualifying in Doha, will crack the top 75 for the first time.

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