Bautista Agut into Auckland tennis final

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut has cruised into the ASB Classic semi-finals with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 win over Czech Jiri Vesely in Auckland. 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 finalto Roger Federer.

Renowned for his destructive service game, del Potro struggled on Friday to unleash his greatest weapon but still kept Ferrer pinned back with his forehand.

That was to be the last blip of the match for the Argentine, though, as he comfortably served out the first set and required just a single break in the second, saving five break points en route to victory.

In the end, he served only one ace.

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In a match characterised by long rallies and deep determination from both players, Spain's Bautista Agut eventually did enough to triumph.

The fifth-seeded Bautista Agut dominated the first set in every aspect, trumping del Potro with an unerringly accurate ground-stroke game he couldn't repel. "The end was unbelievable when I saw the ball in I went insane, I was so happy".

The world number 21 emerged victorious 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5), with his win sealed in magnificent fashion as Bautista Agut somehow landed an audacious backhand lob inside the baseline.

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