Tennis – Qatar Open 2019: Bautista Agut Ends Djokovic’s Unbeaten Run
In Friday’s semi-final, Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten run at the Qatar Open ended after the world number one was beaten 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 by Roberto Bautista Agut.
Djokovic had been compelled to originate from a set down to beat Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili to win his past two triumphs in Doha, yet on this event it was Bautista Agut’s divert to battle once again from behind.
Everything appeared to go plan for Djokovic when he took the opening set in under 40 minutes, anyway his rival developed in certainty and proceeded to anchor a first win over the Serbian since 2016.
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Bautista Agut’s triumph closes Djokovic’s 13-game winning streak in Qatar and denies him a third title at the ATP 250 occasion.
Djokovic’s first-set issues from prior in the week were immediately overlooked as he hustled into a 3-0 lead, the best seed breaking at the principal endeavor as a Bautista Agut strike floated wide.
On serve there was little the Spaniard could do to agitate his rival, Bautista Agut just figuring out how to take six off Djokovic as the Serbian fixed the set effortlessly.
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The second started as an even issue with a string of great standard revitalizes that Djokovic at first ruled, his physicality and power constraining more mistakes from his rival.
A wide forehand halfway through the seventh game gave Djokovic an opening and he appropriately got through to adore as Bautista Agut found the net with a powerless strike.
Things immediately turned in Bautista Agut’s support, however, as his rebuffing groundstrokes infiltrated Djokovic’s beforehand strong safeguard.
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Having seen his favorable position vanish quickly, Djokovic took his disappointment out on his racket, the best seed compelled to tidy up the disturb a towel before play could proceed.
Another bit of gear neglected to bring the recovery Djokovic had been seeking after, in spite of the fact that he saved two set focuses in a nine-minute service game to constrain a tie-break.
It could not end Bautista Agut, nonetheless, and in the wake of edging the breaker, he broke his opponent in the opening round of the decider – an exertion that demonstrated urgent as he held firm to record just his second win over the US Open victor.
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“What happened? I lost the match. That’s it,” said Novak Djokovic after winning the first set but then losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Qatar Open semishttps://t.co/LeLZp7EGzp#ATP #Djokovic #Dohatennis pic.twitter.com/4oNGN4WGMg
— AFP Sport (@AFP_Sport) January 4, 2019
Novak Djokovic lost surprisingly in Doha on Friday, beaten in the Qatar Open semi-final by world number 24, Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-7 (8/6), 6-4.#QatarOpen pic.twitter.com/t5RuMiTbDE
— The Gulf Today (@thegulftoday) January 4, 2019
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Roberto Bautista Agut comes back from 3-6, 3-4* down to beat Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 for the best win of his career. Into the final in Doha.
Djokovic loses before a final for the first time since Toronto, in august.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 4, 2019
Roberto #Bautista becomes the 9th player to defeat Novak #Djokovic ranked number 1 more than one time. #Doha
Federer, Murray 5
Del Potro 3
Bautista, Isner, Nishikori, TIpsarevic, Wawrinka 2
— Luca Brancher (@LucaBeck) January 4, 2019
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