Novak Djokovic can now exclusively focus on the singles tournament and a semi-final clash with Bautista Agut, who defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 and is still yet to drop a set at the tournament.
Nadal said that he would not play in Brisbane because of a left thigh strain, prompting yet more fears over the 32-year-old's long term future in Tennis. "It was an unbelievable atmosphere", Bautista Agut, 30, said after the pulsating clash. From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players.
Novak Djokovic took titles at both Wimbledon as well as the US Open and also made the finals in London, where he fell to Alexander Zverev at the ATP World Tour Finals.
"Roberto was too good, so well done for the title today, but I am happy for the week", the world number 71 added. "That's it", Djokovic abruptly said in his post-match press conference.
Bautista Agut squandered three set points in the second set and another in the tie-break before eventually levelling the match to force a decider, in which he immediately broke serve and never looked back. Novak was up and it was really tough.
However, just as he had done against Fucsovics, Djokovic - the 2016 and 2017 champion - rallied and secured a 4-6 6-3 6-4 success in a little under two hours. I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.
Djokovic was in cruise control in the first set, winning 6-3, and took an early break in the second.
Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent nearly 10 hours on court in three days, and played 11 sets in singles' matches.