Bautista Agut gunning for Classic triumph

Bautista Agut gunning for Classic triumph

- Reuters picAUCKLAND, Jan 11 ― 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 today.

The Argentine served at 46% and he defended his games efficiently, saving 6 out of 7 break points and stealing rival's games 3 times after a poor performance from Ferrer on his second serve.

Like the dynamic Ferrer, del Potro also managed to keep himself in the hunt, saving six break points and frustrating the Spaniard with his staying power.

Roberto Bautista Agut let out a guttural roar immediately after lobbing his way to an ASB Classic semi-final win over Robin Haase.

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

Former US Open champion Del Potro is the second seed in the tournament that he won during his last appearance here in 2009.

With all three sets going to tiebreak, the unerringly accurate Bautista Agut admitted he was feeling more than a touch worn out on Friday.


"I like to play here, I feel good being here in Auckland".

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

"I knew he would fight until the end".

The Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, runs from January 15-28.

Top-seeded and defending champion Jack Sock bowed out of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic in its second round Wednesday, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk on a bad day for American players.

"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".

"It was a great year for me (in 2009), winning the first title of the year here in Auckland, so I'd like to repeat it for sure", the 29-year-old del Potro said.

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