Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Qatar Open semis

Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Qatar Open semis

Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Qatar Open semis

Novak Djokovic admits he "lost his focus" during his shock Qatar Open semi-final defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut.

It is the first time Djokovic has won back-to-back matches from a set down since Cincinnati in August a year ago, a tournament he went on to win.

The 30-year-old also has an outstanding record on Stanley Street.

Bautista Agut said Friday's victory was the better of the two. "I knew that he's playing probably the tennis of his life in the past 10 months, and he's definitely one of the greatest hitters in the game".

I just think he dropped his level a little bit and I managed to get on top of him.

'I can't be more happy than I am right now'.

Djokovic has had to fight to get past his last two opponents in the tournament, but will still start as favourites to win the match.


The Serb cruised through the opening set before Bautista Agut dragged the contest into a decider by edging the tiebreak in the second set.

'What happened? I lost the match.

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. Novak was up and it was tough.

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.

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

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.

He lost his first service game and never recovered the break as Basilashvili, the number five seed, powered by a blistering forehand took the first set. "In conditions like this, it's quite suitable to him", Djokovic said of Bautista Agut.

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