Roberto Bautista Agut sends Novak Djokovic packing from Qatar Open

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Novak Djokovic disappointed

Roberto Bautista Agut stunned world No 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets to reach the final of the Qatar Open.

The Spaniard secured his second win in nine matches against the 14-time Grand Slam winner as he won 6-3, 6-7 (8-6), 6-4 in just over two hours and 30 minutes.

Bautista Agut secured the crucial break in the opening game of the deciding set and then held his nerve as he served it out.

“I will remember this match all my life. It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” the world No 24 said after the win.

“I work every day to play this tennis. I know it’s difficult to play at this level. That’s why Novak is No 1 in the world. But I cannot be more happy than I am now.”

He will face Czech wildcard Tomas Berdych on Saturday after the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up beat the 20th seed Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to reach his first final since May 2017, having missed the bulk of 2018 due to injury.


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