Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut pulled off a sensational upset at the Shanghai Masters when he ousted Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals of the competition.
Djokovic had won all five previous meetings against Bautista-Agut, but the Spaniard was intent on stopping the rot on Saturday, refusing to back down against his celebrated adversary.
Bautista-Agut’s forehand was particularly eye-catching, rocking the top seed with a barrage of big flat hits to forge a route past Djokovic’s defences and into Sunday’s final.
In truth, Djokovic was not at his best, as he hadn’t been all week, but this was just reward for the hard-working Bautista-Agut, who has been very consistent on the tour over the last few years.
The world number one, in typical fashion, made Bautista-Agut earn his victory, saving three match points before the Spaniard eventually sent a forehand down the line to complete the biggest victory of his career.
Next up for the Spaniard is second seed, Andy Murray, who cracked 22 winners in a 6-4 6-3 dispatch of Frenchman, Gilles Simon.