Novak Djokovic lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, in the semi-finals of the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open. The Serbian player was up a set and a break, then the match turned and the Spaniard played more confidently.
'What happened, I lost the match. That's it. He managed to turn things around, obviously at the end of the second set,' said Djokovic in press conference just a few minutes after leaving the court. 'I thought I was pretty much in control of the match, set and a break, serving 4-3.
He played a good game. I missed some easy balls and that's what you get as a result of losing the focus in the most important moments and it happens, it happens. I want to congratulate him. Especially in the third set he played well.
I thought he was hitting the ball very clean and not making a lot of errors.' Djokovic played seven matches this week, four in singles and three in doubles. He admitted that he was not feeling at his best mentally and physically today facing Bautista Agut.
'I wasn't the freshest. This is what I was looking forward to, to get from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open, so I'm very pleased. Obviously, I'm not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end and I have to turn the next page', said Djokovic.
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