Djokovic to meet Bautista Agut in Doha after beating 'terrific' Basilashvili

ATP Doha Novak Djokovic overcomes stern Basilashvili test to reach semis

ATP Doha Novak Djokovic overcomes stern Basilashvili test to reach semis

World number one Novak Djokovic was beaten in the Qatar Open semi-finals by Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha.

Bautista-Agut is in some of the best form of his life, demonstrated by his stunning three set victory over Novak Djokovic last week in Doha. "It was an unbelievable atmosphere", Bautista Agut said on court.

"He played really well, smart, changing up the rhythm and the pace of the ball and moving me around.I was kind of in a corner and I had to find my way and fight my way through".

Asked if he had done too much through the week, he replied: "I wasn't the freshest, you know".

"I can't be more happy than I am now".

"I feel I have a gear or two (to go) up still", said Djokovic. It ended in a straight-sets defeat.

"I think I did a very complete match". Novak was up and it was tough. I had to play a lot of lines and serve very well.

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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.

"He played a good game". He hasn't dropped a set this week.

Djokovic was in cruise control in the first set, winning 6-3, and took an early break in the second.

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.

Take a look at some of the rallies between Bautista Agut and Djokovic in Doha.

Bautista Agut needed just one match point to secure victory and he will play either Tomas Berdych or Marco Cecchinato in Saturday's final.

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