Qatar Open: Novak Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Doha semi-final

Novak Djokovic Battles Through To Qatar Open Semi-Finals

Novak Djokovic registered a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win against Nikoloz Basilashvili

After coming back from a set down against Marton Fucsovics in his second round match, the World No. 1 rallied past Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday evening to reach the semi-finals at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

The 30-year-old also has an outstanding record on Stanley Street.

Bautista Agut said Friday's victory was the better of the two.

"Obviously, I'm not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end and I have to turn the next page". I know it's hard to play at this level.

The shocking upset over world number one Djokovic comes at a time when the Serbian is red hot.

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. Their most recent encounter came at the French Open previous year, when the Serb edged a four-set victory in a Round 32 match. With the momentum swinging his way, Bautista Agut secured an early break in the final set before closing out the match.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut overcame a mid-match scare to overcome Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday for his ninth career title.

He will battle it out with Marco Cecchinato for a place in the final after the Italian made it past Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (2) 6-2.

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

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

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