Djokovic's sigh of relief at the Cincinnati Masters: “I still don't know how I beat Bautista”

Djokovic's sigh of relief at the Cincinnati Masters: “I still don't know how I beat Bautista”

The Serbian suffered a lot until he beat the Spanish in the tie break of the third set (4-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (0). Raonic will be measured in the final

Djokovic's sigh of relief at the Cincinnati Masters:

Although Novak Djokovic has beaten Roberto Bautista a few times in his career (nine wins and three losses), this time he celebrated it as if it were a special and different triumph. He has just suffered a great deal against the Spanish tennis player, who forced him to spend three hours on the court Louis Armstrong, in the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters, whose roof had to be closed due to the threat of rain over Flushing Meadows. After closing the tie-break of the third set (4-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (0)), Djokovic, undefeated this season (21-0), breathed.

“It was a very strange game, I must say. I don't know how I won it, to be honest. Bautista was better,” Djokovic declared on the court after his win. “I just didn't feel good on the court at all, in any aspect of my game and body. But somehow, I managed to get ahead.”

For much of the memorable match, Bautista was doing to Djokovic what the Serbian does to the rest of the ATP Tour. The Spanish got into the baseline duels and forced the top seed to do something special to beat him. Djokovic did a lot of drop shots to try to get Bautista out of his game, and in many cases that didn't work.

“It's a balance between patience and playing with controlled aggressiveness. When it is placed in the background you have to overcome it. You not only have to move it from left to right, but back and forth, mixing it with rhythm, spin and depth.” analyzed the Serbian.

10-0 against Raonic

“He is a very consistent player, with great intelligence and who also never loses control,” praised Djokovic, who now has a 10-3 record in the duels against Bautista, which made him lose a set again, something that has made the Spanish in seven of the clashes between the two.

The world number one will play the final against the Canadian Milos Raonic , who in the first semifinal beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5) and 6-3. Djokovic, 33, when assessing the duel against Raonic, admitted that it will be a good final although difficult given the great moment his rival is going through. “He has a great serve. He's playing well, he's confident and let's hope for a good final,” said Djokovic, who has beaten the Canadian in all 10 games they've had.

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