"I can´t be more happy than I am now". The Spanish player hasn't tasted defeat in Auckland since 2015, and claimed the trophy in 2016 and previous year, with an epic final victory over Juan Martin Del Porto. With the momentum swinging his way, Bautista Agut secured an early break in the final set before closing out the match.
The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai.
Karlovic - who turns 40 on February 28 - prevailed in the battle of the veterans with Steve Darcis in Pune, the Croatian completing a 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-3 victory to become the oldest ATP finalist since Ken Rosewall in 1977.
"He's definitely one of the greatest hitters in the game and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season".
The set saw some astonishing tennis from both the players, the drop shots, down the line shots, volleys and a few long rallies all which kept the full house entertained.
When Bautista Agut broke back for 4-4, the Serbian was furious and lashed out.
For Bautista Agut, he will now face Marco Cecchinato in the final after the Italian defeated Tomas Berdych in straight-sets. "In conditions like this, it's quite suitable to him", Djokovic said of Bautista Agut.