Djokovic digs deep again to see off Basilashvili

Marcus Newton
January 7, 2019

Seventh seed Bautista Agut beat world number one Novak Djokovic in Friday's semi-final.

Bautista Agut, meanwhile, who clinched his second victory over Djokovic in nine matches, said: 'I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life.

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"I think today the match was better, the level of the tennis today was very high", he said.

"To talk about who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I'm part of that bunch, so it's all good".

Novak Djokovic admitted he had to "fight" to come back from a set down to beat world No 36, Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

That game he eventually lost, but asked if he was playing too much, Djokovic simply said: "I'm fine, I'll be fine".

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It took the 33 year-old an hour and 30 minutes to overcome the Italian in straight sets.

The Serb came from a set down, just like in his previous match, to beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match lasting nearly two hours.

'What happened? I lost the match. I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.

The set saw some astonishing tennis from both the players, the drop shots, down the line shots, volleys and a few long rallies all which kept the full house entertained.

A fired-up Djokovic smashed his racquet after dropping his serve in the eighth game of the second set.

Djokovic broke the Spaniard in the second game of the first set to take a 2-0 lead. The Serbian has been nearly unbeatable on hard courts over the last six months, but Bautista-Agut trumped him in a tactical masterclass.

The world number 24 saved five out of six break points and converted two of his own in a tight final to see off Berdych, who was seeking his first ATP title since 2016, in a little under two hours.

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