Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Bautista-Agut also reached the semi finals here in 2014. I work every day to play this tennis.

The Serb fell to his first defeat of the season in a high-quality contest lasting more than two-and-a-half hours, which saw the Spaniard lose his first set of the week, but come back to beat the world number one. Bautista held his service in the eleventh and had opportunities to take the set in the twelfth a missed dropped shot was perhaps his best opportunity to take the tie into a third set.

World number one Djokovic, who was pushed to the limit in his last two matches in Doha by Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili, failed to find a way past a determined Agut who won 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.

"It's been a fantastic week for me", he said immediately after his triumph. "Today it wasn't easy to manage the emotions I had on court".

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Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych. I know it's hard to play at this level. "But I can not be more happy than I am now".

"This is what I was looking forward to, to get from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open, so I'm very pleased".

Bautista Agut, meanwhile, who clinched his second victory over Djokovic in nine matches, said: 'I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life.

"Obviously, I'm not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end". The Spaniard will play the victor of tonight's second semi-final between Marco Cecchinato & Tomáš Berdych. That's why Novak is number one in the world.

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