Djokovic Goes The Distance Again In Doha Win Over Basilashvili, Wawrinka Ousted
by Staff | January 3rd, 2019, 6:58 pm

Novak Djokovic had to work again in Doha. Following a tough 3-set win over Marton Fucsovics yesterday, the World No. 1 once again dropped the opening set and before coming back the big-hitting Nikolaz Basilashvili for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

“I thought Basilashvili was playing terrific from the beginning. I expected him to,” said Djokovic. “I knew that he’s playing probably the tennis of his life in the past 10 months, and he’s definitely one of the greatest hitters in the game.”

“I feel I have a gear or two up still. I can still get to one or two levels up, but I thought under the circumstances I managed to find a way to win against a player that is hitting the ball very fast and just being very aggressive,” he added. “It’s hard to predict where the ball is going to go with a player like him.

“So you kind of have to be alert at the same time when the chances present, to take control. Easier said than done because he was really hitting the ball fast from back of the court, so he was not giving me a lot of time to manipulate, maneuver from back of the court. So many times I found myself in defense. I managed to get a win, which is what matters.”

Djokovic has now won 38 of his last 41 matches, and 13 straight in Doha. Next will not be Stan Wawrinka, but rather his conqueror Roberto Bautista Agut who ousted the Swiss 6-4, 6-4.

“I think Stan is a really good player. He is really a tough opponent to beat and we knew each other very well,” Bautista Agut said. “Today I was very consistent and played with a lot of rhythm. I think I did a very complete match.”

Djokovic has won 7 of 8 from the Spaniard, losing only in the 2016 Shanghai semifinals.

“Tough opponent for sure. He hasn’t dropped a set this week. He played great today against Stan. I saw the match. Just very consistent. Doesn’t miss much. In conditions like this, it’s quite suitable to him,” Djokovic said of Bautista Agut. “He gets to many balls and he makes you play. That’s his strength. He always puts an extra ball in the court.”

In the other semifinal, Tomas Berdych, a winner over Pierre-Hugues Herbert, continues his comeback against French Open semifinalist and No. 4 seed Marco Cecchinato.

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12 Comments for Djokovic Goes The Distance Again In Doha Win Over Basilashvili, Wawrinka Ousted

Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath….. After my comment to WB, my information was removed. I put it back in. I will see if this one goes through. If it does must be something new going on. Curious to see if I’m under moderation like the old days?? 🤔🤔🤔

Okiegal Says:

Well I see it went through but had to enter my info again….You might try a new moniker…..

Okiegal Says:

Eeek…… wrong thread! I’m out of practice! Lol

Andy Mira Says:

Miss Okie….Me too has to fill my name & email address everytime i want to post….It is annoying but….yeah…hehe…

Andy Mira Says:

Btw…so very glad to c u & willow posting again boss!…hhehe…..i guess it’s a one time thing hah?

j-kath Says:

Just saw your post – and really makes me happy to see U around.
Here goes – having to put in details to get our postings accepted…..sent to try us and try us it does!!!!!!!

Okiegal Says:

@JK ….. It’s annoying but you gotta do it! Hey I’m sorry you’ve been going through some crap yourself. I hope you are getting straightened out. I just popped in for a moment to give Wog Boy my sincere condolences, then found out you were having issues too. Take care…. and a big old hug!!

Okiegal Says:

@Mira….. A one time deal…… probably……….. especially since you have to enter the info with every comment! LOL You know how lazy I am……LOL!! 😂😂😂

Willow Says:

Andi Mira lol yeah a one off thing, new years resolution , is that i want to keep my distance from all things that have a negative impact on my real life, just wanted to pop by and offer some well wishes and condolonces, got alot planned for this year, more camps and rituals etc, TAKE CARE XX ;-)

Andy Mira Says:

Willow….I knew it Al!…Hahaha…that’s okay!Just do whatever u want to do & can make u happy k?Happily after aĺl is a bless Al…Not everyone can have that…So grasp with both hands when it presented to u k?xxxxx…

Miss Okie…Hehehe…yeah!….i know u’re so lazy crazy about that….

JK…..Hope all your problems will go away soon…and come back here & posting again k?

Andy Mira Says:

Willow….I was meant to say..’happiness’…urgh!!…my crazy head!

j-kath Says:

Andy Mira: Thank you too….and I wish you all the best – and you are doing a good job looking after Miss Okie….better go, I think we are on the wrong thread.

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