Bautista Agut pips Delpo in Auckland

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

The second-seeded del Potro will aim for his first Classic title since 2009, while the 29-year-old Bautista Agut will seek his second crown in three years.

Ferrer, who has slipped from a career-high No 3 to 38 has a 6-4 win record over the 13th ranked del Potro who struggled to get on top of Khachanov.

Both players are seeded in the Australian Open with del Potro 12th and Bautista Agut 20th but it was the Spaniard who was in command in Auckland.

Bautista Agut, the world No.21 and first-round vanquisher of Kiwi Michael Venus, will go on to face either Robin Haase or Peter Gojowczyk in the semis, and a potential final against Argentinian star Juan Martin del Potro.

It was a different del Potro in the second set as he started to find his range and eventually broke Bautista Agut at 5-4 to take the set and level the match.

He secured the second set 6-4 but couldn't find a way past the consistent Bautista Agut in the decider, falling 7-5 and losing in just over two hours.

"It's fantastic to me just to be playing tennis against after all my wrist problems".

Juan Martin raised his game after a bad start, facing just 2 break points in the rest of the match, and he even had a chance to send the match into a deciding tie break, wasting a break point in the last game of the match that could increase his odds of winning the first Auckland title in 9 years. I knew it was going to be important, the beginning of the match. I've been fighting a lot on the court, and I couldn't believe I was playing my best tennis. I think the crowd enjoyed the game.

"Unfortunately the match can't have two winners", an exhausted Bautista Agut said after the two hour, 52 minute clash. He again saved a break point before winning the set in 50 minutes.

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