Del Potro powers into NZ tennis semis

Del Potro powers into NZ tennis semis

Juan Martin del Potro reached his 30th career ATP final as he wore down David Ferrer to prevail at the Auckland Open.

As a result, the Auckland field is cleared for the 29-year-old del Potro, who becomes a red-hot favourite to lift his first Classic title since 2009.

The 29-year-old del Potro, an ex-US Open champion and the 2009 Classic victor, will face another ex-champion in Ferrer. Ferrer had his chances in the second set but he wasted 5 break points in games 4 and 8, unable to grab the lead and send the match into a decider.

Cutting a slightly lumbering figure, del Potro was nevertheless effective against the young gun Shapovalov, who made too many unforced errors.

Del Potro beat Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in his quarter-final.

"I'm exhausted", Del Potro said in a court-side interview.

That was to be the last blip of the match for the Argentine, though, as he comfortably served out the first set and required just a single break in the second, saving five break points en route to victory.

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

"Bautista Agut is a risky player, he has experience in finals and he beat me in the past (at the 2014 Australian Open), so it's going to be hard". "Denis played better than me in the Montreal match, but today I broke him three times to love and that was the key".

Earlier, top-seed and defending champion Jack Sock of the USA made a surprise exit after losing 6-3, 6-3 to unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk.

Defending champion Sock lost in only 61 minutes to his German opponent, who is ranked 65th in the world.

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