Djokovic Not Agut Enough, Falls To Spaniard In Doha Shocker
by Staff | January 4th, 2019, 8:11 pm
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Roberto Bautista Agut registered the first big shocker of 2019, stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 today in the semifinals of Doha.

Djokovic had been teetering in his last two matches, dropping the first set to both Marton Fucsovics and Nikolaz Basilishvili before gaining form. But today, Djokovic was rolling, up a set and a break before it fell apart for the 2-time tournament champion.

“I want to congratulate him,” Djokovic said. “Especially in the third set he played well. I thought he was hitting the ball very clean and not making a lot of errors.

“I lost the match. That’s it. He managed to turn things around, obviously at the end of the second set. I thought I was pretty much in control of the match,” Djokovic said. “He played a good game. I missed some easy balls and that’s what you get as a result of losing the focus in the most important moments. And it happens, it happens.”

Djokovic has failed to win his last three tournaments, falling in the finals of Paris and the London finals.

For Bautista Agut, it was his second win over Djokovic and first over a player ranked No. 1.

“I will remember this match all my life. It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” Bautista Agut said. “I work every day to play this tennis. I know it’s difficult to play at this level. That’s why Novak is No. 1 in the world. But I cannot be more happy than I am now.

“I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point,” Bautista Agut added. “Finally I could turn the second set. Novak was up and it was really tough. He was very solid and I had to play very good tennis. I had to play a lot of lines and serve very well. I did everything well today.”

In the final, Bautista Agut will battle Tomas Berdych who eased past Marco Cecchinato 7-6(6), 6-3.

Berdych, who has won four of six against Agut, is playing his first event in over six months, but he wants more.

“I’m not satisfied yet, because there is still one more to go,” Berdych said. “I did some very important decisions in the past six months, and so far all of them seems they were right. It is very early to judge. I still have to be very patient, even though the results right now are clicking and it’s all going well. But I really just need to stay very focused and hope to go all the way, because the season and everything will be extremely long.”

In Pune, top seed Kevin Anderson will collide with 39-year-old fellow giant Ivo Karlovic in the tallest final ever in ATP history.


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9 Comments for Djokovic Not Agut Enough, Falls To Spaniard In Doha Shocker

chrisford1 Says:

Rare Djokovic loses when he is up by 1 set to anybody in three set matches.
He has not played up to the level of the USO , China tennis he showed. Admits he has 1-2 levels of improvement left to go. Should be a motivator for him.

BTW – they found out what Fed’s Hopman Cup appearance fee was \ 1.4 million USD plus “extras” like free hotel rooms for his family, nannies and team entourage.
It is good to be King.


chris ford1 Says:

“Australian Open prize money rose by 10 percent this year to A$55 million ($41.50 million)”

God bless the world’s rich corporations! Then again, as they control most of the money in tennis, that gives them the most say.


Daniel Says:

Damm Djoko, wanted to see him play for the title today.

Still favorite for AO tough.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Fed on winning the Hopman Cup!
@CF1
This “King” earned his spoils by “winning” in his career with class and gaining the popularity of the tennis paying fans. Corps are not blind.


chris ford1 Says:

Your faux Outrage is pathetic, Giles.


Daniel Says:

Fed won all his matches and got a moral boost win over Zverev. Preparation for AO is complete. He seems ready.

Draw in AO will be interesting, if he lands in Djoko’s side or Nadal. Djoko would be worst semi and if he avoids Anderson or Cilic QF also, playing Thiem or Kei will be better.


lylenubbins Says:

Joker could win the calendar Slam this year. He’s as good as he has ever been while Fed/Nadal/Murray are having problems and the young guns do not seem ready yet. Question is whether his motivation will dip at some point this year.


Daniel Says:

Djoko needs only R16 (180 pts) to secure #1 after AO. Even if Nadal wins he won’t pass him. After that, he can add Dubai and IW/Miami where he has 20 pts to defend, two 1st roudn losses last year.

Nadal also did not play this period after AO till clay, but is hard to think he will fare better than Djoko in this pre clay path, if he will fully play at all. And after that, Nadal defends tons on clay.

Meaning, depending on what happens in AO (neither Fed nor Nadal winning and DJoko going far or even winniog) he will be a safe #1 till Wimbledob (july). That is 25 more weeks at #1, easily. Will place him closer to Lendl and Connors and depending on how year plays, he can finish the year #2 all time and with 6 Year End#1 tied on top with Sampras. At this point is safe to say he will end the year only behind Fed and Sampras all time.

AO will give us a clear indication, if he wins and Fed/Nadal/Zverev bombs beofre semis, he will be pretty confortable and hard to see someone do a 2018 Djokovic comeback

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