Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

ATP Doha - Thursday Schedule: Novak Djokovic faces Basilashvili

ATP Doha - Thursday Schedule: Novak Djokovic faces Basilashvili

It is the second time Bautista Agut has beaten Djokovic in his career and both victories occurred in a semifinal.

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

Djokovic's first-set problems from earlier in the week were quickly forgotten as he raced into a 3-0 lead, the top seed breaking at the first attempt as a Bautista Agut backhand drifted wide. "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. The World No.1 was part of the singles and doubles draws here, playing alongside younger brother Marko.The Djokovics - Novak and 27-year-old Marko lost in the semifinals to the Belgian-French combine of David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. "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".

Djokovic has had to fight to get past his last two opponents in the tournament, but will still start as favourites to win the match. It ended in a straight-sets defeat.

A backhand victor eventually secured victory for Djokovic but the result was in doubt for a long time, with the Serb only breaking Fucsovics in the tenth game of the second set to ensure the match went into a final set shootout. Novak was up and it was tough. "He is one of the greatest legends of all time and we want to see him play". I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.

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The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai.

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

He lost his first service game and never recovered the break as Basilashvili, the number five seed, powered by a blistering forehand took the first set.

Take a look at some of the rallies between Bautista Agut and Djokovic in Doha.

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