Goal is the Australian Open title, says worn out Novak Djokovic


DOHA, Jan 4 ― World number one Novak Djokovic won another gruelling battle in Doha yesterday to continue his unbeaten start to the year and progress to the Qatar Open semi-finals.

Bautista-Agut is in some of the best form of his life, demonstrated by his stunning three set victory over Novak Djokovic last week in Doha.

The ASB Classic has lost another top player, with defending champion Roberto Bautista-Agut pulling out of the event due to fatigue. Djokovic was also world number 1 at that stage.

" But I can not be more happy than I am now". The Serbian siblings had three matchpoints in the supertiebreak, finally caving in 1-6, 6-3, 13-15.Djokovic later said, "it was one of my toughest losses".

The Serb won his last Australian Open in 2016, beating Britain's Andy Murray in straight sets. He was solid and I had to play good tennis.

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"I wanted to give everything I had in the match and fight until the last point", Bautista Agut said. I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.

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. "I did everything well today".

He broke Djokovic in the very first game and after he came close to going 3-0 up, he did secure the double-break to open up a 4-1 lead.

Djokovic needed a decider to overcome Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday after dropping the opener and he was broken twice early on in the first set as Basilashvili took charge.

After losing the first set on Friday evening, the seventh-seeded Spaniard prevailed in the tie-break to take the second set and began the third by breaking Djokovic's serve, reports Efe news.