Djokovic eliminated from Qatar Open

Djokovic eliminated from Qatar Open

Djokovic eliminated from Qatar Open

"I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point", Bautista Agut said.

"I feel I have a gear or two (to go) up still", said Djokovic.

There were still opportunities for Basilashvili, though Djokovic staved off both of his break points, coming out on top after a 33-shot rally en route to winning the game that delivered the second set.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life", Bautista Agut said.

Bautista Agut awaits the victor of Tomas Berdych and Marco Cecchinato. "But this is what I was looking forward to getting from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open".

The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai.

Novak Djokovic had to face another stern test at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere".

Djokovic played two matches every day in Doha prior to his defeat on Friday afternoon, spending close to ten hours on court.

"He played a good game. I missed some easy balls, that's the result of losing focus in the most important moments".

Questions may be asked about how exhausted the Serb was, as he played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday's defeat.

Bautista Agut awaits the victor of the match between, another player who has been making a comeback- Tomas Berdych and the Italian Marco Cecchinato. I know it's hard to play at this level. "Today I was very consistent and played with a lot of rhythm".

The second semi-final proved a much tamer affair.

Berdych, the World No. 71, who had been battling injuries for last six months, yesterday defeated fourth seed Marco Cecchinato 7-6, 6-3 to book a place in the final.

Bautista Agut, the world number 15, will be playing on his favourite surface and will come into the match buoyed by confidence after his victory over Wawrinka.

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