Novak Djokovic gets eliminated from Qatar Open
Doha: The World number one, Novak Djokovic has surprisingly lost Qatar Open semifinal to the world number 24, Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-7 (8/6), 6-4.
The Serb on Friday fell to his first defeat of the season in a high-quality contest lasting more than two-and-a-half hours.
“What happened? I lost the match. That’s it,” Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.
It is the second time Bautista Agut has beaten Djokovic in his career and both victories occurred in a semifinal.
The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai. Djokovic was also world number 1 at that stage.
The Serb played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday’s defeat.
Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent almost 10 hours on court in three days and played 11 sets in singles’ matches.
“Obviously, I’m not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic, the world number one was looking to becoming a three-time champion at the event in Doha but was unable to get past Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four.
Defeat saw Djokovic’s 13-game winning run in Qatar come to an end, leaving the player frustrated and smashing his a racket in the second set.