Shanghai Masters: Djokovic ousted by Bautista Agut

World No.1 Novak Djokovic was defeated in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters by Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Agut will face Andy Murray in the final on Sunday.


Novak Djokovic struggled to contain his frustration during the match.

Roberto Bautista Agut made a disgruntled Novak Djokovic pay for another lacklustre display by claiming a stunning victory over the World No. 1 to reach the final of the Shanghai Masters.

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An out-of-sorts Djokovic came from a set and a break down to beat Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals on Friday, but bowed out with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Bautista Agut a day later.

Djokovic revealed that humming rather than losing his temper helped him pull off a laboured win against qualifier Zverev, but the 12-time Grand-Slam champion was unable to conceal his fury as he slipped to a shock defeat to the 15th seed.

The defending champion, attempting to fend off Andy Murray and finish the year at the top of the rankings, smashed his racket, ripped his shirt and sarcastically applauded umpire Carlos Bernardes, with Bautista Agut keeping his cool to beat the Serb for the first time in six attempts.

Frustration for Djokovic

Djokovic, winner of this tournament in three of the last four years, had the first two break-point opportunities of the match in the ninth game but a vibrant Bautista Agut showed great character to hold. The top seed was smashing his racket after going a set down when he sent a backhand wide in the next game and tore his shirt in anger as he struggled to get going in the second set.

Djokovic clapped Bernardes when he was given a time violation for replacing his torn short with Bautista Agut preparing to serve at deuce and the underdog had the chance to serve for the match after the Serb failed to hold twice.

Bautista Agut was unable to take three match points on serve, but produced a magnificent winner to seize his fourth chance and break Djokovic for a fourth time to pull off a sensational win.

Murray in final

Andy Murray will face Bautista Agut in a career-best 10th final of the season after beating Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-3 in the other semfinal.

The in-form Murray continued to set the standards at the back end of the season and has now won 18 consecutive sets in racking up nine victories in a row, having taken the China Open title last weekend.

Djokovic is still set to finish the year at the top of the rankings, but Murray is a man on a mission as he attempts to dislodge the out-of-sorts Serb.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray was not firing on all cylinders in a first set in which he trailed 2-0, then failed to hold on another two occasions after turning the tide to lead 4-2 courtesy of some rasping forehands.

Five consecutive games went against serve as both players were guilty of lapses in the opening set, but it was Murray who finally regained his composure and went a set up in style with a magnificent backhand lob on the run.

Murray raised his game in the second set and the unseeded Simon, runner-up in Shanghai two years ago, failed to halt the Brit's momentum as he breezed into a 5-1 lead.

The second seed was dominant from the baseline and took his record against the Frenchman to 15 victories and just two defeats by serving out the match at the second attempt to stand on the brink of a sixth title of the year.

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