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Del Potro wears down Ferrer to reach Auckland final

Del Potro wears down Ferrer to reach Auckland final

Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin del Potro says Saturday's ASB Classic final against Roberto Bautista Agut will be his toughest Auckland test after dismissing Spanish veteran David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 in Friday's semi-final.

In what is expected to be his last Auckland dig, though, he has everything to play for.

Ferrer forced five break point chances but the Argentine was always able to lift his game in the crucial moments; none more so than in the ninth game of the second when he unleashed a stunning forehand on the run to effectively seal the result. "Now he is the favourite player to win this tournament but I will fight to be in the final", Ferrer said.

"It was a good week and I take confidence from it for next week, for sure", Ferrer said.

Del Potro won the last two meetings with Ferrer at the 2016 US Open and Wimbledon but, within himself, Ferrer feels a different man to the past two years. I don't know if it is going to be like this tomorrow but I am trying to enjoy this moment. "I hope I can play even better than tonight", del Potro said.




Another former champion, fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the other semifinal.

"I didn't expect to have this career after my wrist problems, everything is surprising for me".

But with all three sets going to a tiebreak, Bautista Agut's relentless accuracy and fitness came to the fore, helping him win in just under three hours. Del Potro beat Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in his quarter-final.

Ranked 65th in the world, Gojowczyk sent the American Sock packing in his first match on Wednesday, winning 6-3 6-3 and dominating from first to last.

"It's a good challenge for me to see how my body is before an important event like the Australian Open but I am very focused to reach the final here in Auckland". "It was an unbelievable battle on the court". "I'm so happy that I won. I passed very bad moments on the court and that moment I screamed because I was very stressed".


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