Qatar open: Frustrated Novak Djokovic eyes Slam win post defeat

Rajdeep Saha


Qatar open: Frustrated Novak Djokovic eyes Slam win post defeat

05 Jan 2019: Qatar open: Frustrated Novak Djokovic eyes Slam win post defeat

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic said his principle target for this month was 'a trophy'.

Djokovic bowed out of the ongoing Qatar Open after a semi-final defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Serbian lost 6-3, 6-7, 4-6 in a frustrating encounter, where he was seen smashing his racquet.

Djoker also had a tense exchange with a reporter.

Here are the details.

Angry: Djokovic lashes out at a reporter

Djokovic was clearly upset with a question from a reporter, who asked him about his goal and then said, "Even after this week?"

Djokovic replied, "Why, do you think after this week I don't deserve to be contender for trophy? You said even after this week. I don't understand that comment. You asked me what my goal is and it's a trophy. Thank you."

Comments: I missed some easy balls: Djokovic

Djokovic was seen smashing his racquet during the second set after dropping his serve in the eighth game.

"I thought I was pretty much in control of the match, set and a break, serving 4-3," Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.

"He played a good game. I missed some easy balls and that's what you get as a result of losing the focus."

Victory: Agut enjoys second career win against the Djoker

Agut will be up against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the finale.

"I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life," said the Spaniard, who enjoyed his second career victory against the Serb.

The first win had come in October, 2016 in Shanghai.

When asked which victory was the better of the two, Agut said, "I think today the match was better."