Frustrated Djokovic targets 'trophy' in Australian Open

Frustrated Djokovic targets 'trophy' in Australian Open

Frustrated Djokovic targets 'trophy' in Australian Open

Novak Djokovic lost surprisingly in Doha on Friday, beaten in the Qatar Open semi-final by World No 24 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-7 (8/6) 6-4.

'He was a better player for two sets and no doubt I managed to break his resistance, I would say, towards the end of the second set. I know it's hard to play at this level. That's why Novak is No. 1 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.

Top seed Kevin Anderson will have a chance to avenge his defeat by Gilles Simon in the final in Pune last year after booking a Tata Open Maharashtra semi-final showdown with the same opponent at this year's event.

World number one Djokovic, who was pushed to the limit in his last two matches in Doha by Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili, failed to find a way past a determined Bautista Agut who won 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.

'He played a good game.

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Agut needed just one match point to secure victory and will play either Tomas Berdych or Marco Cecchinato in Saturday´s final.

It was only a second win over the Serbian for Bautista Agut - his first coming in 2016 - and it will live long in the Spaniard's memory.

Bautista Agut squandered three set points in the second set and another in the tie-break before eventually levelling the match to force a decider, in which he immediately broke serve and never looked back. With the quality of tennis displayed against Novak Djokovic, Roberto will be the favorite going into the finals.

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