Doha, Qatar: World No.1 Novak Djokovic said though he was unhappy that he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semifinal, he was pleased with his preparations for the Australian Open where he was eyeing a trophy.
Bautista Agut rallied from a set down to beat a visibly frustrated Djokovic 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 and Djokovic said the Spaniard was the better player in the match.
“He (Bautista Agut) managed to turn things around, obviously at the end of the second set. 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,” said the 14 time Grand Slam champion who was frustrated when he was broken in the eighth game of the second set and smashed his racquet.
Djokovic was playing his seventh match in four days – he partnered his brother Marco in doubles where they lost in the semifinals – and hinted he was slightly tired of exertion.
“I wasn't the freshest, you know. 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,” he said.