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Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Qatar Open semis

07 January, 2019, 06:59 | Author: Delia Walker
  • ATP Doha Novak Djokovic overcomes stern Basilashvili test to reach semis

Djokovic will play Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday's semi-final, who beat three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

The world No. 24 won the Qatar Open in Doha overnight, beating Berdych in three sets in a match that lasted two hours.

"I think I did a very complete match".

Speaking on court after the match, Djokovic praised fifth-seeded Basilashvili, who he had anticipated would provide him with a stern test.

A new piece of equipment failed to bring the revival Djokovic had been hoping for, although he did save two set points in a nine-minute service game to force a tie-break.

"I wish him all the best for the rest of the season", Djokovic said during his post-match on-court interview.

Bautista Agut will aim to lift his ninth ATP Tour trophy today against wild card Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic.




Bautista Agut, 30, had lost his past three meetings with Berdych, the 33-year-old former world number four who has slipped to 71 in the rankings.

He broke Djokovic in the very first game and after he came close to going 3-0 up, he did secure the double-break to open up a 4-1 lead. That's why Novak is number one in the world.

Djokovic was in cruise control in the first set, winning 6-3, and took an early break in the second.

"He played a good game".

Questions may be asked about how exhausted the Serb was, as he played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday's defeat.

Asked about his workload, Djokovic said: 'I wasn't the freshest, you know. Among their most memorable matches was the 2012 Australian Open final, lasting nearly six hours and won by the Serb.

The other semi-final will be contested between Kevin Anderson, who overcame Jaume Munar in straight sets, and Gilles Simon after the Frenchman came from a set down to beat Benoit Paire.

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