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Djokovic suffers shock defeat in Qatar Open

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Novak Djokovic misplaced surprisingly in Doha on Friday, crushed within the Qatar Open semi-final by world quantity 24, Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-7 (8/6), 6-4.

The Serb fell to his first defeat of the season in a high-quality contest lasting greater than two-and-a-half hours, which noticed the Spaniard lose his first set of the week however come again to beat the world primary.

“What occurred? I misplaced the match. That’s it,” a clearly pissed off Djokovic mentioned in his post-match press convention.

Agut took Djokovic’s serve within the second sport of the ultimate set for the decisive break and secured victory on his first match level.

“I’ll keep in mind this match for [the rest] of my life,” mentioned the 30-year-old Spaniard.

He’ll play the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in Saturday’s closing.

“I can’t be extra joyful than I’m now.”

It’s the second time he has crushed Djokovic in his profession and each victories occurred in a semi-final.

The primary got here in October 2016 in Shanghai. Djokovic was additionally world primary at that stage.

Bautista Agut mentioned Friday’s victory was the higher of the 2.

“I believe right now the match was higher, the extent of the tennis right now was very excessive,” he mentioned.

“We each performed superb tennis and it was additionally extra tight on the rating and extra feelings and right now was a extremely good match.”

A fired-up Djokovic smashed his racquet after dropping his serve within the eighth sport of the second set.

“I assumed I used to be just about in charge of the match, set and a break, serving 4-3,” Djokovic mentioned.

“He performed a very good sport. I missed some straightforward balls and that’s what you get because of dropping the main target in a very powerful moments and it occurs, it occurs.”

Questions could also be requested about how drained the Serb was, as he performed two matches every day for 3 days in singles and doubles, previous to Friday’s defeat.

Together with the assembly with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent virtually 10 hours on courtroom in three days and performed 11 units in singles’ matches.

Requested if he had accomplished an excessive amount of via the week, he replied: “I wasn’t the freshest, you realize.

“That is what I used to be wanting ahead to, to get from this event, as many matches as attainable, to prepare for the Australian Open, so I’m more than happy.

“Clearly, I’m not happy that I misplaced the match right now, however I misplaced to a greater participant in the long run.”

The second semi-final proved a a lot tamer affair.

Berdych eased via to his second Doha closing in straight units, beating Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

At present the world quantity 73, Berdych was as soon as ranked quantity 4.

His earlier Qatar Open closing, in 2015, was additionally in opposition to a Spaniard, David Ferrer. It led to a straight units defeat.



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