Bautista Agut Shocks Djokovic To Reach Doha Final

The World No. 24 from Spain will meet Tomas Berdych in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Bautista Agut Roberto Bautista Agut (photo: Qatar Tennis)

DOHA, January 5, 2019

Roberto Bautista Agut caused the upset of the week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open by knocking out World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday evening. The 30-year-old from Spain broke his opponent twice and won two points more than the Serbian to secure a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 victory in two hours and 35 minutes.

I will remember this match all my life. It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” Bautista Agut said during his on-court interview. “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.”

The World No. 24 advanced to his first final in Doha in his only second appearance at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex.

“I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point,” Bautista Agut said. “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.”

Later in the evening, Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic beat fourth seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato 7-6(6), 6-3. The 33-year-old sent down 12 aces, winning 76 per cent of his first service points to prevail after one hour and 29 minutes.