Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Juan Del Potro Too Strong for Denis Shapovalov in Auckland

Juan Del Potro Too Strong for Denis Shapovalov in Auckland

Second-seeded del Potro, champion in 2009, beat four-time champion and eight-time semifinalist David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in just under two hours Friday while Bautista Agut, the 2016 champion, defeated Robin Haase 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in a three-hour marathon.

Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro has set up a blockbuster Auckland Classic semi-final against Spanish veteran David Ferrer, beating prodigious Russian Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

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.

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.

Third seed Sam Querrey and fourth seed John Isner were also eliminated at the first hurdle, losing to Jiri Vesely and Hyeon Chung respectively.

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"We've played many matches on tour - his forehand is pretty good, serves are good and returns so well, so I must be smart", the world No.12 del Potro said.

Mertens will play Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, who has reached her maiden WTA final.

Juan Martin broke in the very first game of the match when he forced an error from Spaniard, and he moved 2-0 ahead when he saved a break point in the following game.

The oft-injured ex-US Open victor thrashed eight aces and flummoxed Shapovalov with a number of vicious forehands, cruising to a 65-minute victory.

"It's still a long way for me to get to where I want to be, so it's going to be a lot of work, it's not just going to happen", Shapovalov said.

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