Vintage Ferrer stays on course in Auckland

Juan Martin del Potro

Spain's Ferrer , a four-time Auckland champion, disposed of the young Korean 6-3, 6-2 in their quarter final to set up a showdown with Juan Martin del Potro in the final four.

Defending champion Sock completely faltered against Gojowczyk and lasted only 61 minutes before being defeated 3-6, 3-6.

He cruised through a first-set tiebreaker after both players could not break serve, before seizing the initiative at the start of the second set.

Del Potro, who sealed the Auckland title in 2009, shone in the key moments and fought off six of the seven break points Ferrer forged in a tense clash, with two games in the second set lasting nearly 10 minutes apiece.

"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.

"But I've been working hard to play this tennis and hopefully I can still improve in the next matches".


"It's wonderful to me just to be playing tennis against after all my wrist problems".

The world number 21 emerged victorious 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5), with his win sealed in magnificent fashion as Bautista Agut somehow landed an audacious backhand lob inside the baseline.

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

"When I saw the ball in, I went insane", Bautista Agut said.

"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.

Bautista Agut broke Haase in the seventh game of the second set but Haase immediately broke back and the set again went to a tiebreak. "It was an unbelievable battle on the court".

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