Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut has cruised into the ASB Classic semi-finals with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 win over Czech Jiri Vesely in Auckland. "I tried to have Juan Martin moving around the court".
"I played well and I'm looking forward to doing well in Melbourne".
"Today I improved my level - I played much better tennis on this day, was very concentrated and played a good match", the 29-year-old Bautista Agut said.
The Argentine world number 12 now goes into a final against 2016 Auckland champion Bautista Agut, who came from behind in an epic a battle against Dutchman Robin Haase featuring three tie-breaks.
"It's never easy against David because he runs a lot and he's a fighter", del Potro said.
But it was Del Potro who was the more clinical in taking his chances, coming through to claim a 6-4 6-4 triumph that sets up a showpiece with another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. I think I played very aggressive...
Soon after, he secured the second set 6-4, breaking Bautista Agut at the business end, before the two players went blow-for-blow in the deciding set.
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He had beaten Steve Johnson in three sets in Wednesday's second round.
"When I saw the ball in, I went insane", Bautista Agut said. Del Potro served better and better as the match progressed and he dropped just 3 points in 5 service games, with another solid hold presumably coming up in game 11.
The second set was closer, with del Potro much more competitive.
"I was a break up in every set and right after I got (it), he breaks back".
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.
There were no break points in the first set but the Argentinian managed to break the Russian's first serve in the second set and felt it was an encouraging performance ahead of facing Ferrer.