Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Juan Martin del Potro too strong for Denis Shapovalov at Auckland Classic

Del Potro powers into NZ tennis semis ATP Auckland: Del Potro and Bautista Agut to meet in the title match
Terence Owen | 14 January, 2018, 21:01

Juan Martin del Potro reached his third final in his last four tournaments when he beat David Ferrer in straight sets to set up an Auckland Classic decider against Robert Bautista Agut today.

Del Potro and Ferrer's rallies were generally shorter as they slugged it out from the baseline.

Querrey lost 6-4, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5) to Czech Jiri Vesely, two-time champion Isner lost 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2 to Hyeon Chung of Korea and Johnson was beaten 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 by fifth-seeded former champion Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Bautista Agut, the world No.21, will go on to face Robin Haase in Friday's semi-finals after the Dutchman's defeat of giant-killing German Peter Gojowczyk 6-4 6-4.

"I had luck to break his serves twice and that's it, then I held my serve in all the second set, saving break points, playing good tennis down the line, and I had to take a risk playing against David because he's a fighter", del Potro said.

"If he has a good day, he is very unsafe as a lefty, he serves well and volleys".

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"It was a great finish and when I saw that last ball in I went insane", Bautista Agut said.

Bautista Agut broke Haase in the seventh game of the second set but Haase immediately broke back and the set again went to a tiebreak.

He cruised through a first-set tiebreaker after both players could not break serve, before seizing the initiative at the start of the second set.

Ferrer's semi-final against del Potro is set to be the highlight of today's Auckland action, with the victor to go into tomorrow's final a red-hot favourite.

"Yesterday and today, I played very consistently, without a lot of mistakes; for two years I haven't played more than two matches like this", Ferrer said.

"I'll be OK for tomorrow, I have enough time to recover now - in the final, no pain matters, so I'll have to be focused on the game".

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