Djokovic’s conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

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Djokovic battles through to Qatar semi-finals

DOHA: Novak Djokovic was surprisingly defeated in Doha on Friday, beaten in the Qatar Open semi-final by world number 24, Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-7 (8/6), 6-4.

Not a catastrophe, but certainly cause for concern for team Djokovic as the Serb heads Down Under for the opening Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open.In Friday's late-evening semifinals at the picture flawless Khalifa International Complex, Djokovic's challenge, which appeared well on course for a setand-a-half, came apart at the wheels as he crashed to a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6 loss in 2 hours and 35-minutes.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life", Bautista Agut said. I'm happy with the way I'm playing.

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

'I thought I was pretty much in control of the match, set and a break, serving 4-3. I know it's hard to play at this level. From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players.

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

"He played a good game. I did everything well today".

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The Serb played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday's defeat.

"I was very close to winning the match".

He missed a forehand approach shot and Bautista Agut went on to serve out the match to love.

"I think today the match was better, the level of the tennis today was very high", the Castellon de La Plana native added.

The 39-year-old Croat beat Belgian Steve Darcis 7-6 (7) 4-6 6-3 to advance to his first championship match since 's-Hertogenbosch in 2017.

The defeat was the second time Berdych has lost in the Qatar final, the first occasion was in 2015 to another Spaniard, David Ferrer.

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

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