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Novak Djokovic suffers surprise defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at Qatar Open

Novak Djokovic suffers surprise defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at Qatar Open

The Serb fell to his first defeat of the season in a high-quality contest lasting more than two-and-a-half hours, which saw the Spaniard lose his first set of the week but still come back to defeat the world number one. "It was a tough tournament for me, considering the amount of matches I played, both singles and doubles", the Serb said.

Speaking on court after the match, Djokovic praised fifth-seeded Basilashvili, who he had anticipated would provide him with a stern test.

Fatigue is the common thread running through the losses, starting November last year - against Russian powerhouse Karen Khachanov, 21-year-old German Alexander Zverev and 30-year-old Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Bautista Agut will bid for his ninth ATP Tour trophy on Saturday against wild card Tomas Berdych. I'm happy with the way I'm playing.

The victory came 24 hours after he beat Djokovic in the semi-final, also in three sets. "I wasn't the freshest", he said, following his last-four loss in which he led Agut by a set and a break.

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Into the second the second set and the number seven seed began to frustrate Djokovic.

"Finally I could turn the second set". "Today it wasn't easy to manage the emotions I had on court".

"I was very close to winning the match". He was very solid and I had to play very good tennis.

Despite looking in terrific form, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, where he defeated South African giant, Kevin Anderson in the finals at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, Roberto seemed unfazed by the world number one.

His previous Qatar Open final, in 2015, was also against a Spaniard, David Ferrer.


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