Tomas Berdych takes on Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha

ATP Doha Roberto Bautista Agut shines to topple Novak Djokovic

Tennis: Novak Djokovic reacts to shock Qatar Open semi-final defeat

World Number 24 Roberto Bautista Agut came from a set down against World Number 1 Novak Djokovic to sensationally seal his place in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Saturday evening.

And Friday's win was only the second victory in nine matches against Djokovic for 30-year-old Bautista Agut.

Is There Hope for Roberto Bautista Agut? We don't know the draw yet, I don't know who my first-round opponent is, I don't know if I play on Monday, if I play day or night.

"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 and it's hard to predict where the ball is going to go with a player like him". That's why Novak is No. 1 in the world.

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That game he eventually lost, but asked if he was playing too much, Djokovic simply said: "I'm fine, I'll be fine". Defeat meant Djokovic, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open past year in a spectacular return to form after elbow surgery, missed the chance to reach his sixth straight final.

If he wins his last eight match, Djokovic is on course to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals after the Swiss also won Wednesday, beating Chile's Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

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.

By contrast, Djokovic's opponent in the semi-final is yet to drop a set this week.

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"He's definitely one of the greatest hitters in the game and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season".

Wildcard Berdych was playing his first tournament since Queen's in June because of a back injury.

In the second set, both players broke each other once before the set went into a tie-breaker which was won by Bautista Agut.

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