Bautista Agut into Auckland tennis semis

Bautista Agut

Spain's Ferrer, a four-time Auckland champion, disposed of the young Korean 6-3, 6-2 in their quarter-final match to set up a showdown with Juan Martin del Potro in the final four. "The end was unbelievable when I saw the ball in I went insane, I was so happy".

An unbelievable forehand down the line victor moved Bautista Agut a point away from the crown and he sealed the deal when del Potro sent a forehand long, celebrating his second title in Auckland and the 7th in a career. "He's one of the toughest guys on tour", del Potro said.

However, Del Potro broke at the flawless time - in the 10th game - in the second set to level the match.

The final set remained with serve until Bautista Agut broke at 5-5 and then served for the match.

Despite his loss, Argentinian Del Potro - who was eyeing a 21st ATP crown - is set to return to the top 10 in the rankings.

"Today I felt really good on the court, and I played very good tennis throughout the match".

"I started the match very well".

"I tried to serve hard to hit hard with my forehand, to play some slices and drop shots, it's never easy against David because he runs a lot and he's a fighter".

"Juan Martin is very tough to beat and I think I just played two incredible games at the end of the match".

But the lanky Argentine lived up to his never-say-die attitude and rallied back in the second set, taking advantage of the only break point in the set to force a decider. "I couldn't play any better, but Roberto did well at the end of the match, and I made some mistakes".

Roberto did nothing wrong in the first 8 games either, dropping just 4 points on serve in the opening 4 games, and he served to stay in the set in game 10.

It was all about the Spaniard in the rest of the set, he held at 15 in game 5 with some stunning forehands and he cracked another victor from that wing to break Delpo once again, moving a game away from the opening set.



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