Djokovic reaches the semifinal in Doha after another battle

07 January, 2019, 06:56 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Roberto Bautista-Agut

Roberto Bautista Agut didn't waste his win over Novak Djokovic as he won the Qatar Open by beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.

The Serb, who won the competition in 2016 and 2017, will now face Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four after the Spaniard defeated Stan Wawrinka in their quarter-final clash.

"I will remember this match for (the rest) of my life", said the 30-year-old Spaniard. Bautista Agut romped through the Swiss in straight sets 6-4 6-4. From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players.

The pair have met on 8 previous occasions, with Djokovic now holding a 7-1 lead in terms of matches won advantage.

He added that his immediate aim was to "be fresh" and then win as many matches "as I can" in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

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

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'What happened? I lost the match. "I had to play a lot of lines and serve well".

The world No 1 fell to his first defeat of the new season in a high-quality contest lasting more than two-and-a-half hours, 6-3 6-7 (8-6) 6-4.

The set saw some astonishing tennis from both the players, the drop shots, down the line shots, volleys and a few long rallies all which kept the full house entertained.

In the deciding set, Bautista Agut built a 4-1 lead but Berdych had two break points that would have reduced the deficit to one game.

Bautista Agut awaits the victor of the match between, another player who has been making a comeback- Tomas Berdych and the Italian Marco Cecchinato.

A wide forehand midway through the seventh game gave Djokovic an opening and he duly broke through to love as Bautista Agut found the net with a weak backhand.

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