Djokovic Australian Open build-up hit by shock defeat in Doha

Elena Summers
January 7, 2019

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has now gone three successive tournaments without a title - Paris Masters 1000, ATP Finals and the Qatar Exxonmobil Open.

It is the first time Djokovic has won back-to-back matches from a set down since Cincinnati in August previous year, a tournament he went on to win.

Nadal said that he would not play in Brisbane because of a left thigh strain, prompting yet more fears over the 32-year-old's long term future in Tennis. "He is really a tough opponent to beat and we knew each other very well", Bautista Agut said.

"I think today the match was better, the level of the tennis today was very high", he said. That's why Novak is number one in the world.

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. Prior to his match with Djokovic, he knocked out Swiss great Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

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

"What happened? I lost the match". I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.

Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent nearly 10 hours on court in three days and played 11 sets in singles' matches.

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

When Bautista Agut broke back for 4-4, the Serbian was furious and lashed out.

Despite winning the first set, Novak was not in control of the match, as Bautista Agut refused to back down, hitting thunderous forehands, and playing solid tennis from the baseline, and holding off Novak Djokovic in 3 sets to register a memorable victory.

Bautista Agut awaits the victor of the match between, another player who has been making a comeback- Tomas Berdych and the Italian Marco Cecchinato.

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