Bautista topples Djokovic, will face Berdych in Qatar final

Bautista topples Djokovic, will face Berdych in Qatar final

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

"I think he's the favourite, regardless of what happened in Doha, the guy had a super, super strong last five, six months of the year", said Federer.

Nole will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal.

"I work every day to play this tennis".

Asked if he had done too much through the week, he replied: "I wasn't the freshest, you know".

Djokovic held on, and survived from a set point down to level the contest at 5-5 as Roberto Bautista pulled off some unbelievable shots to frustrate the World Number one. I missed some easy balls and that's what you get as a result of losing the focus in the most important moments. Their most recent encounter came at the French Open previous year, when the Serb edged a four-set victory in a Round 32 match.

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The world No. 24 won the Qatar Open in Doha overnight, beating Berdych in three sets in a match that lasted two hours.

It was only a second win over the Serbian for Bautista Agut - his first coming in 2016 - and it will live long in the Spaniard's memory.

Also through to the semi-finals is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic who brushed aside France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert, one of the surprises of the tournament, 6-2, 6-4. He was very solid and I had to play very good tennis.

Wildcard Berdych was playing his first tournament since Queen's in June because of a back injury. The irrepressible Djokovic is set to play his sixth match of the week later on Thursday when he continues his doubles partnership with his brother Marko.

The other semi-final will be contested between Kevin Anderson, who overcame Jaume Munar in straight sets, and Gilles Simon after the Frenchman came from a set down to beat Benoit Paire.

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