Qatar Open: Roberto Bautista Agut beats Tomas Berdych in final

Roberto Bautista-Agut

Seventh seed Bautista Agut beat world number one Novak Djokovic in Friday's semi-final.

The victory came 24 hours after he beat Djokovic in the semi-final, also in three sets. "It was an unbelievable atmosphere", Bautista Agut said on court. Either that or Djokovic, who was fading as the match progressed, lapsed into errors when the Spaniard turned on him what he usually does to opponents - showcasing his best tennis at crucial points of a contest.For Djokovic, this time, the fatigue is both physical and emotional. I know it's hard to play at this level. Djokovic was also world No. 1 at that stage. So many times I found myself in defense. "I expected him to", said Djokovic.

It took the 33 year-old an hour and 30 minutes to overcome the Italian in straight sets.

Defeat saw Djokovic's 13-game winning run in Qatar come to an end, leaving the player frustrated and smashing his a racket in the second set.

"I think I did a very complete match". "He has a very physical style of Tennis which obviously is putting a lot of load and pressure on his joints, on his knees".

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the singles semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the ATP Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha, capital of Qatar, Jan. 4, 2019.

Bautista Agut squandered three set points in the second set and another in the tie-break before eventually levelling the match to force a decider, in which he immediately broke serve and never looked back.

While in the first set, Djokovic was the dominant partner dictating terms, in the second it was Bautista Agut who pushed the top seed on the defensive.

In total, Bautista Agut only lost two sets all week in his five matches. As often happens, Djokovic started slowly but surely to find his groove and after breaking back (4-2), he consolidates (4-3) and he had even a ball to make it even to 4-all.

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