Tuesday, 23 October, 2018


Del Potro powers into NZ tennis semis

ATP Auckland Bautista Agut edges del Potro for his 7th ATP title ATP Auckland Bautista Agut edges del Potro for his 7th ATP title 13 Jan 2018  View 496 by Jovica Ilic
Melba Vasquez | 12 January, 2018, 22:30

In what proved a sterner test than his first-up victory against the equally youthful Denis Shapovalov, del Potro dominated all of the key moments.

"I tried to serve hard to hit hard with my forehand, to play some slices and drop shots, it's never easy against David because he runs a lot and he's a fighter".

Taking a 3-0 lead, he served his way to victory, banging 11 aces and nailing 73 per cent of his first serves against a valiant Khachanov.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and Auckland victor, beat Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 to continue his strong form from the end of last season, which included victory in Stockholm and losing the Basel final to Roger Federer.

AUCKLAND-David Ferrer may be heading into the twilight of his career but the 35-year-old rolled back the years as he beat Hyeon Chung to cruise into the ATP Auckland Classic semi-finals on Thursday.

"Unfortunately the match can not have two winners and I'm so happy I won", said the relieved Spaniard, who sank to his knees at the end.

The two tour veterans last played in 2016, when del Potro knocked Ferrer out of the US Open in straight sets, and previously at Wimbledon in 2013.

"He's a great champion of this sport and everybody enjoys watching his games so it doesn't matter, my ranking or his ranking, it'll be interesting to watch".

Isner's powerful serve wasn't enough to save him in his match with Chung, the victor of last year's ATP Next Generation finals.

The 25-year-old Sock, the defending Classic champion, said he'd now look to reset for a grand-slam tilt in Melbourne, where he is considered a frontrunner.

"I'm very focused to reach the final here".

Bautista Agut faces Dutchman Robin Haase next in the semi-finals after he defeated Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4, 6-4.

"Bautista Agut is a unsafe player, he has experience in finals and he beat me in the past (at the 2014 Australian Open), so it's going to be hard".

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