Agut downs Djokovic in Qatar Open semifinals

Roberto Bautista-Agut

Roberto Bautista Agut beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open semi-final in Doha.

Djokovic will play Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in today's semi-final, who beat three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

The 30-year-old Spaniard will face Tomas Berdych in the title clash after the Czech beat fourth-seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the other semi-final. "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.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won another grueling battle in Doha on Thursday to continue his unbeaten start to the year and progress to the Qatar Open semifinals.

That game he eventually lost, but asked if he was playing too much, Djokovic simply said: "I'm fine, I'll be fine". "That's it", Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.

The Serb won his last Australian Open in 2016, beating Britain's Andy Murray in straight sets.

"I will remember this match all my life", said world number 24 Bautista Agut, whose victory over Djokovic slightly improved his win-loss record against the Serb to 2-7. "He has a very physical style of Tennis which obviously is putting a lot of load and pressure on his joints, on his knees".

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.

"I think Stan is a really good player".

The Spaniard made the decisive break of serve in the third game of the final set to take a lead he never lost. The Serbian has been nearly unbeatable on hard courts over the last six months, but Bautista-Agut trumped him in a tactical masterclass.

With the momentum swinging his way, Bautista Agut secured an early break in the final set before closing out the match.

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