Roger Federer wasted a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Doha quarter-final to hit the exit door in his comeback tournament. The top seed Dominic Thiem joined Roger on the list of beaten players, as Roberto Bautista Agut ousted him 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 24 minutes. The 2019 champion played on a high level, winning one point more than Thiem and delivering four breaks when it mattered the most to advance into the semis. Dominic overpowered the rival in the second set but couldn’t keep that level in the decider, suffering two breaks and propelling the Spaniard into the last four. The Austrian drew first blood with a break in game three following an extended rally before Bautista Agut pulled it back a few minutes later with a deep return. Serving at 4-5, Thiem saved a set point with a volley winner, introducing a tie break that Roberto claimed 7-3 for a massive boost after precisely an hour.
Dominic took charge in set number two, delivering three breaks and closing the set with a flamy forehand winner at 5-2. They traded early breaks in the final set before the Spaniard secured another at 2-2 following a deep return that the Austrian failed to control.
Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Dominic Thiem in three sets.
Serving well in the rest of the clash, Bautista Agut sealed the deal with a hold at 15 in game ten for his biggest victory since the last year’s US Open when he defeated Daniil Medvedev. Taylor Fritz ousted Denis Shapovalov 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and five minutes, winning two points more than the Canadian and scoring a double break in the decider to reach the last four.
Denis didn’t lose a point on serve in the opening set, producing six perfect holds and scoring a break in game 11 for 7-5. The American changed that with an early break in set number two, serving well and sealing it with a service winner in game nine. Shapovalov took a medical timeout on his left shoulder ahead of the third set and fell 5-3 down. Returning at 4-5, Denis saved two match point and broke back to lock the result at 5-5. Staying focused, Fritz grabbed another break in game 11 and held at love a few minutes later to seal the deal and remain on the title course.