Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

ATP Doha Novak Djokovic overcomes stern Basilashvili test to reach semis

Not a catastrophe, but certainly cause for concern for team Djokovic as the Serb heads Down Under for the opening Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open.In Friday's late-evening semifinals at the picture ideal Khalifa International Complex, Djokovic's challenge, which appeared well on course for a setand-a-half, came apart at the wheels as he crashed to a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6 loss in 2 hours and 35-minutes.

"I think I did a very complete match". "I expected him to", said Djokovic.

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.

"I wish him all the best for the rest of the season", Djokovic said during his post-match on-court interview. So many times I found myself in defense.

For the 30-year-old Bautista Agut, it was only the second victory in nine matches against Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic took titles at both Wimbledon as well as the US Open and also made the finals in London, where he fell to Alexander Zverev at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The defeat is Djokovic's first in 2019 and means Bautista Agut will face either Tomas Berdych or Marco Cecchinato in Saturday's final.

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"I work every day to play this tennis".

While in the first set, Djokovic was the dominant partner dictating terms, in the second it was Bautista Agut who pushed the top seed on the defensive.

'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.

Bautista Agut took their match in straight sets, going 6-4 6-4 over Stan the Man. "I can still get to one or two levels up, but I thought under the circumstances I managed to find a way to win against a player that is hitting the ball very fast and just being very aggressive", he added.

The second semi-final proved a much tamer affair.

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