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Novak Djokovic loses semi-final at Shanghai masters to Roberto Bautista Agut

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Serbian tennis super-star Novak Djokovic has lost his semi-final tie with Roberto Bautista Agut at the 2016 Shanghai Open, held at the Qi zhong stadium in the Minhang District of Shanghai.

The disappointment came for Djokovic after he narrowly avoided an upset in the quarter-final stage when he came within a game of losing to Mischa Zverev - who is ranked outside of the Emirates ATP top 100 - in a match that finished 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 after two hours and 21 minutes of play.

On his quarter-final clash with Zverev, Djokovic said:

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"I had to dig myself out of a hole. He was the better player for most of the first part of the match. He was up a set and a break, [then] a game away from winning.

He continued: "Tactically [he] played well. He slowed down the pace. I knew his game, but I haven't played him for many, many years... Credit to him, definitely for playing well. He was fighting, he was focused. He gave his best, and he was few points from winning. It was a very close one."

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But he also appeared to blame umpire Carlos Bernardes for playing a part in his shock loss. He said: "He was the star of the show. That's what he wanted to be today."

Djokovic also showed uncharacter signs of frustration on the court, smashing his racket on the ground in one occasion.

Agut, aged 28 of Castellón de la Plana, Spain, has not had much luck in previous contests with the Serb. In fact ,he has lost to Djokovic on five previous occasions.

Djokovic came to this year's Shanghai Masters as defending champion after beating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-2, 6-4 in the 2015 final of the competition.

It would be Agut's day today, however, as the current number 15 seed beat the world number one in straight sets, by a scoreline of 6-4, 6-4.

Having taken the first set in 42-minutes, Agut went on to break Djokovic's serve three times in the second set to go on and win the tie.

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Agut turned pro in 2006 and since that time he has won four men's ATP singles titles. He won at the 2014 Topshelf Open, the 2014 Mercedes Cup, the 2016 ASB Classic and the inaugural 2016 Garanti Koza Sofia Open.

The Spaniard has reached the fourth round in Grand Slam competition on six separate occasions in his career to date, including twice this year at Australian and French opens. 

He reached the quarter-final stage at this year's Olympic games in Rio, Brazil, and has so far in his career managed to amass a small fortune of £3.3 million in prize money.

Andy Murray will now be a hot favorite to win the Shanghai Masters. The Brit faces Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second semi-final later today.

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