World No.1 Novak Djokovic has now gone three successive tournaments without a title - Paris Masters 1000, ATP Finals and the Qatar Exxonmobil Open.
"What happened? I lost the match". Prior to his match with Djokovic, he knocked out Swiss great Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.
His withdrawal follows that of Tomas Berdych, which was announced on Saturday. "But this is what I was looking forward to getting from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open".
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The victory came 24 hours after he beat Djokovic in the semi-final, also in three sets. With the quality of tennis displayed against Novak Djokovic, Roberto will be the favorite going into the finals.
Djokovic was in cruise control in the first set, winning 6-3, and took an early break in the second. He was solid and I had to play good tennis.
Questions may be asked about how exhausted the Serb was, as he played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday's defeat. "I can still get to one or two levels up, but I thought under the circumstances I managed to find a way to win against a player that is hitting the ball very fast and just being very aggressive", he added. Among their most memorable matches was the 2012 Australian Open final, lasting nearly six hours and won by the Serb.
'Obviously, I'm not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end'.
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"Finally I could turn the second set".
Now the World No 73, Berdych was once ranked number four.
Berdych is a former finalist in Doha, losing in 2015 to David Ferrer.
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