Novak Djokovic: "I don't know how I won the game against Bautista!"

"I didn't feel good on the court at all, in any aspect of my game and body. But somehow, I managed to get ahead," he added.

Novak Djokovic, seeded number one, who will play in the final of the Cincinnati tournament after beating eighth-seeded Spanish Roberto Bautista in the semifinal, said he had not been the best of the match.

After three hours and a minute of action, on the court Louis Armstrong, who closed his roof against the threat of rain in the bubble of Flushing Meadows, Djokovic remained undefeated this season (22-0) after winning 4-6, 6- 4 and 7-6 (0), to Bautista, who lost for the tenth time to number one.

"It was a very strange game, I must say. I don't know how I won it, to be honest. He was the best player (Bautista)," 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 through."

During 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 aggression. When 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.

"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 the Spanish has done in seven of the confrontations between the two.

The world number one will play the final on Saturday against the Canadian Milos Raonic, who in the first semifinal beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5) and 6-3. Djokovic, 33, when evaluating 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.

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