SHANGHAI: Novak Djokovic smashed his racquet, angrily tore his shirt and raged at the chair umpire as he was stunned in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals by Roberto Bautista on Saturday.
The defending champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner was broken once in the first set and three times in the second as he lost 6-4, 6-4 in his first defeat to the Spaniard.
The world number one has been out of sorts since he won his first French Open title in June, losing early at Wimbledon and the Olympics and complaining he had lost motivation.
The 29-year-old Serb, whose top ranking is under threat from Andy Murray, hummed to keep up his spirits during his quarter-final escape against German qualifier Mischa Zverev.
Nineteenth-ranked Bautista put away two brilliant forehands as he fought off break points in the ninth game, and he then pounced as Djokovic was serving to stay in the first set.
Then Djokovic, angry at failing to secure a break point in game five, theatrically tore his shirt at the neck and went to change it mid-game, receiving a time violation warning.
They exchanged breaks before Djokovic was broken again to be left staring at defeat — only to save three match points before getting it back on serve in a tense game nine.
But a forehand into the net brought up a fourth match point on his own serve, and this time Bautista grabbed the opportunity as he arrowed a pass down the line.
Murray, the world number two, and Gilles Simon play later to decide who will meet Bautista in Sunday´s final.
Djokovic was seeking his 11th title in China — where he has never lost a final — after winning three Shanghai Masters, six China Opens and the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup.