Del Potro, Bautista Agut to meet in ASB Classic final

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Shapovalov was outclassed 6-2 6-4 by former US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro in Wednesday's Classic second round, and will now head to Melbourne.

And there could be more where that came from if the fifth-seeded Spaniard upsets Classic men's singles favourite Juan Martin del Potro in Saturday's final.

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

There were no break points in the first set but the Argentinian managed to break the Russian's first serve in the second set and felt it was an encouraging performance ahead of facing Ferrer .

Instead of that, Del Potro broke again in game 7 when his rival placed a forehand long, and that was all he needed to clinch the opener after 2 good holds and a forehand victor in game 10 for a 6-4.

"Today was a very tough match, I don't know how my body will be tomorrow, but now I want to enjoy the win and we'll see", Bautista Agut said.

"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".

Earlier, the world No.21 Bautista Agut found valiant opposition in the journeyman Haase, who recovered from a poor start to win the first set.

Bautista Agut, meanwhile, beat Robin Haase in three sets, all of which went to tie-breaks in a near three-hour slugfest.

"I served really well in the second set and I tried to play aggressively".

In preparation for the Australian Open, starting January 15, Del Potro proved just too strong for the Canadian and won 6-2, 6-4.

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