Roberto Bautista-Agut earned the biggest win of his career when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.
The Spaniard showed superb mental fortitude to beat the world number one 6-4, 6-4 in a shade under two hours on the hard courts of the Qizhong Stadium.
A total of 29 unforced errors from Djokovic and 17 winners from Bautista-Agut paints a picture, but where the 15th seed was so good was between the ears.
In a tense opening set, there was little to chose between the two. Djokovic showed controlled aggression to eventually earn a couple break points in the ninth game, but Bautista-Agut was equal to the task.
He rode the wave of positivity and after a fantastic lob to earn a set point, he rallied with Djokovic who eventually made the error and took his frustration out on his racket.
Funnily enough, this led to a slight delay as the second set started as the chair umpire made Djokovic clean up the pile of graphite he left behind.
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Bautista-Agut again kept up with Djokovic in the early parts of the second set, winning several baseline rallies. He was clearly getting under Djokovic's skin, as the Serb tore his shirt in frustration, which lead to a time violation.
This only seemed to compound problems, as Djokovic found himself a break down ten minutes later.
Finally, Djokovic would earn his first break of the second set after a superb drop shot. But Bautista-Agut would break back, leaving him serving for the match.
What followed was an incredible game lasting over ten drama-filled minutes where Djokovic saved three match points.
But Bautista-Agut would get another bite at the cherry the very next game. Nervy serving from Djokovic gave Bautista-Agut the opportunity to pounce, and he did, crunching a final winner down the line around Djokovic to earn a place in his first Masters 1000 final.