In press conference at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha Roberto Bautista Agut analyzed his great three-set win over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals match on Friday. 'Novak started playing very good and he was very solid and surprised me a little bit, his level at the beginning of the match', admitted the Spaniard.
'But I was keeping my concentration, I was trying to turn the score and I had to play unbelievable to make the break on the second set and, well, it was the unbelievable second set. I think until the last point, it was very good tennis on the court and I think on the first set I was better than him.' Bautista was down a set and a break, but he felt he could still have a chance: 'I knew that I had to start very focused the first set pushing him a lot and start playing very good and I think I did well.
I broke him at the first game and then I served really good until the last match, until the last moment, sorry.' Bautista also feels that this win is better than the semifinals victory he got in the 2016 Shanghai Masters semifinals over Djokovic, who was dealing with an elbow injury at the time.
'I think today the match was better, the level of the tennis today was very high', the Castellon de La Plana native added. 'We both played very good tennis and it was also more tight on the score and more emotions and today was a really good match.' Bautista Agut will play the ASB Classic in Auckland next.