NOVAK Djokovic admitted he had to "fight" to come back from a set down to beat world number 36, Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at the Qatar Open.
For the 30-year-old Bautista Agut, it was only the second victory in nine matches against Djokovic.
"Obviously, I'm not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end", said Djokovic. Bautista Agut romped through the Swiss in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
Djokovic, who has now won 13 consecutive matches in Doha, told www.atptour.com: "I thought Basilashvili was playing terrifically from the beginning".
" I knew that he's playing probably the tennis of his life in the past 10 months, and he's definitely one of the greatest hitters in the game".
"I can't be more happy than I am right now".
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"What happened? I lost the match". Novak was up and it was really tough. I had to play a lot of lines and serve very well. "I did everything well today".
The world number one suffered a 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 loss to Spaniard Bautista Agut in two hours and 35 minutes.
The first set was like a walk in the park for the World No.1 as his all-around game proved too solid for the seventh seed, with Djokovic winning it at 6-3. He hasn't dropped a set this week.
In the deciding set, Bautista Agut built a 4-1 lead but Berdych had two break points that would have reduced the deficit to one game.
But Agut, victor of last year's Dubai Championships, lost only five points on his serve in the final set and wrapped up the contest on his first match point.