Novak Djokovic reacts to shock Qatar Open semi-final defeat

ATP Doha Novak Djokovic overcomes stern Basilashvili test to reach semis

Novak Djokovic's Australian Open preparations suffered a setback after a surprise semi-final defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Qatar Open.

Novak Djokovic can now exclusively focus on the singles tournament and a semi-final clash with Bautista Agut, who defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 and is still yet to drop a set at the tournament.

"It was a tough tournament for me, considering the amount of matches I played, both singles and doubles", the Serb said. He has played the best tennis of his life in the last 10 months. "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.

The pair have met on 8 previous occasions, with Djokovic now holding a 7-1 lead in terms of matches won advantage.

"I can't be more happy than I am right now". "I expected him to", said Djokovic.

This makes him a unsafe opponent for Djokovic, although it should be pointed out that their other three meetings on hard courts have all ended in favour of the Serbian.

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"I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point", Bautista Agut said. "I had to play a lot of lines and serve well".

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

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut won the Qatar Open with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych in the final.

The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai. He hasn't dropped a set this week.

As he had in the previous set, Djokovic broke Basilashvili in his first service game only for the world number 21 to muster an immediate response as he reeled off seven points in a row. The Serbian has been nearly unbeatable on hard courts over the last six months, but Bautista-Agut trumped him in a tactical masterclass.

Bautista Agut took their match in straight sets, going 6-4 6-4 over Stan the Man.

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