Novak Djokovic Stunned in Qatar by Roberto Bautista Agut

Novak Djokovic Stunned in Qatar by Roberto Bautista Agut

After coming back from a set down against Marton Fucsovics in his second round match, the World No. 1 rallied past Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday evening to reach the semi-finals at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life", said the 30-year-old.

"I wasn't the freshest, you know". The World No.1 was part of the singles and doubles draws here, playing alongside younger brother Marko.The Djokovics - Novak and 27-year-old Marko lost in the semifinals to the Belgian-French combine of David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. So many times I found myself in defense.

Djokovic said that sport needed "legend" Rafael Nadal to make another comeback after it was announced Wednesday that the injury-plagued Spaniard had withdrawn from his season-opening tournament in Brisbane.

"I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point", Bautista Agut said. Novak was up and it was really tough.

However, Djokovic's fortunes changed in the second set when he broke the Georgian in the fifth game and slowly took control of the match. He was very solid and I had to play very good tennis. "I did everything well today".

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Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut overcame a mid-match scare to overcome Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday for his ninth career title.

The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai.

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.

The Spaniard made the decisive break of serve in the third game of the final set to take a lead he never lost.

On serve there was little the Spaniard could do to unsettle his opponent, Bautista Agut only managing to take six points off Djokovic as the Serbian sealed the set easily.

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