Novak Djokovic stunned by Bautista Agut in semi-final

Jo Caldwell
January 7, 2019

This was not just due to their career head-to-head, but also because the world number one is coming right off of yet another fantastic year on tour.

The upset win was only his second against Djokovic in eight meetings and his fourth victory against an opponent inside the top 5 of the ATP rankings.

The victory came 24 hours after he beat Djokovic in the semi-final, also in three sets.

"I will remember this match for (the rest) of my life", said the 30-year-old Spaniard.

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"It's been a fantastic week for me", Bautista Agut, who endured some nervy moments in the decider, said.

"I work very hard to play tennis like this".

"I wasn't the freshest, you know". "But this is what I was looking forward to getting from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open".

Later on Thursday, Djokovic spent another 65 minutes on court alongside his brother Marko in a doubles match that they lost in a deciding tie-break to David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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It was clear that things changed on court in the second part of the opening set, and Novak started strong the second. Novak was up and it was really tough.

The Italian player took advantage of Guido Pella's retirement on Wednesday, Cecchinato is coming from the best season in his career. I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally. "I did everything well today".

The Wimbledon champion, twice a victor of the event, lost 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

In the second, the Spaniard made a remarkable recovery and raised his level of play by several notches and matched stroke for stroke against Djokovic. He hasn't dropped a set this week. "In conditions like this, it's quite suitable to him", Djokovic said of Bautista Agut.

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He missed a forehand approach shot and Bautista Agut went on to serve out the match to love.

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