Tennis

Bautista Agut downs Djokovic to set up Shanghai final with Murray

Reuters/Aly Song

Top seed Novak Djokovic smashed a racquet, angrily ripped off a shirt and hit out at the umpire during a fractious straight sets loss on Saturday to Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

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Djokovic went down 6-4 6-4. It was his first loss to the Spaniard in six matches.

The Serb destroyed his racquet after conceding the first set and admitted after the clash that he did not feel good mentally.

He carped about the officiating of Carlos Bernardes to reporters after the match.

"I just don't understand, you know, the decisions that he has made," said Djokovic. "When you go to change your racquet, I went to change my ripped shirt and then he gives me a warning. Well, he was the star of the show. That's what he wanted to be."

Djokovic’s form has been waning since he won his first French Open title in June. That was his 12th Grand Slam title and it allowed him to become one of only eight men to have claimed trophies at the four Grand Slam venues in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York.

But after that high, he lost before the second week at Wimbledon and in the early rounds at the Rio Olympics.

On Friday in Shanghai, he struggled to get past the German qualifier Mischa Zverev and though he had already beaten Bautista Agut twice this year – one victory coming on the way to the Roland Garros crown in Paris – it was third time unlucky for Djokovic.

Bautista Agut, 28, will contest his first Masters final against the second seed Andy Murray on Sunday.

The Briton enjoyed a straight sets win over the unseeded Frenchman Gilles Simon.

It finished 6-4 6-3 in just under two hours and will be Murray’s 10th final of the season.

 

 

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