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Tennis news - Novak Djokovic stunned by Bautista Agut in semi-final

Djokovic stunned by Roberto Bautista Agut in semi-final

04/01/2019 at 18:59Updated 04/01/2019 at 23:06

Novak Djokovic was stunned by Roberto Bautista Agut in the Qatar Open semi-final.

The world No 1, who had won the event twice before and will be looking to win a seventh Australian Open title later this month, won the first set but could not hold off the world No 24 in a 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 defeat.

It was only the second time the 30-year-old has beaten Djokovic, across nine matches, and he was clearly delighted with the victory.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life," he said after the match.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi final match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi final match against Spain's Roberto Bautista AgutReuters

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere. I work every day to play this tennis. I know it's difficult to play at this level. That's why Novak is number one in the world.

" But I cannot be more happy than I am now."

In the final, on Saturday, the Spaniard will play either wildcard - and world No 71 - Tomas Berdych, 33, or 20th-ranked Marco Cecchinato.

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