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Novak Djokovic suffers surprise defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at Qatar Open

Novak Djokovic suffers surprise defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at Qatar Open

Bautista Agut, 30, had lost his past three meetings with Berdych, the 33-year-old former world number four who has slipped to 71 in the rankings.

"I will remember this match all my life. He is really a tough opponent to beat and we knew each other very well", Bautista Agut said. "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.

Novak Djokovic had to face another stern test at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

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" But I can not be more happy than I am now". Their most recent encounter came at the French Open past year, when the Serb edged a four-set victory in a Round 32 match.

Despite that one-sided record in favour of Djokovic, encouragement for fans of the Spaniard may be drawn from the fact that the one win he has enjoyed over Djokovic came at the Shanghai Masters in 2016, when he beat the Serb in straight sets, a match that was played on a hard court, similar to the one in use in Qatar.

Federer was in ominous form as Switzerland retained the Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday and, despite having won in Melbourne in each of the last two years, the 20-time grand slam champion says Djokovic will take stopping as the Serb eyes a third consecutive major title.

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Karlovic - who turns 40 on February 28 - prevailed in the battle of the veterans with Steve Darcis in Pune, the Croatian completing a 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-3 victory to become the oldest ATP finalist since Ken Rosewall in 1977.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych.

Agut took Djokovic's serve in the second game of the final set for the decisive break, and secured victory on his first match point.

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But Agut, victor of last year's Dubai Championships, lost only five points on his serve in the final set and wrapped up the contest on his first match point.


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