Novak Djokovic eliminated from Qatar Open

Mae Harvey
January 7, 2019

Roberto Bautista Agut defeats world number one Novak Djokovic in epic fashion.

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. He has played the best tennis of his life in the last 10 months.

"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 and it's hard to predict where the ball is going to go with a player like him".

Another day, another struggle for Novak Djokovic.

He added that his immediate aim was to "be fresh" and then win as many matches "as I can" in Melbourne at the Australian Open.

Ivo Karlovic made history at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune by becoming the oldest player since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1977 Hong Kong Championship to reach a tour-level final.

In total, Bautista Agut only lost two sets all week in his five matches.

The first win came in October 2016 at the Shanghai Masters when Djokovic was also No 1 at that stage.

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.

The Wimbledon champion, Djokovic lost the match by 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Wildcard Berdych was playing his first tournament since Queen's in June because of a back injury. "Especially in the third set he played well. He is one of the greatest legends of all time and we want to see him play".

The second began as an even affair with a string of impressive baseline rallies that Djokovic initially dominated, his athleticism and power forcing more errors from his opponent.

Things quickly turned in Bautista Agut's favour, though, as his punishing groundstrokes penetrated Djokovic's previously solid defence.

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