Djokovic Fights Back Again To Reach Doha Semis

ATP Doha Roberto Bautista Agut shines to topple Novak Djokovic

DOHA, Jan 4 ― World number one Novak Djokovic won another gruelling battle in Doha yesterday to continue his unbeaten start to the year and progress to the Qatar Open semi-finals.

"I will remember this match all my life".

"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".

"To talk about who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I'm part of that bunch, so it's all good".

And the world number one would seal his success with a game won to love, Basilashvili whipping a forehand wide and long as Djokovic's endurance in a lengthy rally once again proved the difference.

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. The Serbian player leads head to head meetings 1-0, they already faced each other at the Monte Carlo Masters with Novak prevailing in straight sets, 6-4 6-2.

"What happened? I lost the 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".

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

Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent nearly 10 hours on court in three days and played 11 sets in singles' matches. He hasn't dropped a set this week.

A new piece of equipment failed to bring the revival Djokovic had been hoping for, although he did save two set points in a nine-minute service game to force a tie-break.

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

But Agut, victor of last year's Dubai Championships, lost only five points on his serve in the final set and wrapped up the contest on his first match point.

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