Djokovic Australian Open build-up hit by shock defeat in Doha

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Novak Djokovic's unbeaten run at the Qatar Open is over after the world number one was beaten 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 by Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday's semi-final.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life", Bautista Agut said.

Nole will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal.

"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 and it's hard to predict where the ball is going to go with a player like him".


Asked if he had done too much through the week, he replied: "I wasn't the freshest, you know". "But this is what I was looking forward to getting from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open". That's it, ' a frustrated Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.

"I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point", Bautista Agut said.

Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent nearly 10 hours on court in three days and played 11 sets in singles' matches. Novak was up and it was tough.

"He played a good game". "He has a very physical style of Tennis which obviously is putting a lot of load and pressure on his joints, on his knees".


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.

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

Despite winning the first set, Novak was not in control of the match, as Bautista Agut refused to back down, hitting thunderous forehands, and playing solid tennis from the baseline, and holding off Novak Djokovic in 3 sets to register a memorable victory.

Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent nearly 10 hours on court in three days, and played 11 sets in singles' matches.


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