Bautista Agut digs deep and manages to fend off the world number one.
Asked about his workload, Djokovic said: 'I wasn't the freshest, you know. That's why Novak is No. 1 in the world.
" But I can not be more happy than I am now".
Speaking on court after the match, Djokovic praised fifth-seeded Basilashvili, who he had anticipated would provide him with a stern test.
This makes him a risky opponent for Djokovic, although it should be pointed out that their other three meetings on hard courts have all ended in favour of the Serbian.
Later on Thursday, Djokovic spent another 65 minutes on court alongside his brother Marko in a doubles match that they lost in a deciding tie-break to David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Novak was up and it was really tough. He is one of the best hitters in the game. "He has a very physical style of Tennis which obviously is putting a lot of load and pressure on his joints, on his knees. I did everything well today".More news: Netflix Warns Against Dangerous New Meme Inspired By Bird Box
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.
The Wimbledon champion, Djokovic lost the match by 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.
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.
Djokovic needed a decider to overcome Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday after dropping the opener and he was broken twice early on in the first set as Basilashvili took charge.
Djokovic v Bautista Agut - Who will Win?
In total, Bautista Agut only lost two sets all week in his five matches.