Juan Martin del Potro eases past Denis Shapovalov in Auckland Classic

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BC-TEN-ASB Classic, 220 Del Potro, Bautista Agut to meet in ASB Classic finalFormer champions Juan Martin del Potro and Roberto Bautista Agut will meet Saturday in the final of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic after winning in contrasting semifinals.

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.

Like the dynamic Ferrer, del Potro also managed to keep himself in the hunt, saving six break points and frustrating the Spaniard with his staying power.

Having seen the 21-year-old Chung chase down everything Isner fired across the net in the second round, Ferrer was in no mood for long rallies and his plan to look for early winners paid off as he wrapped up the match in 74 minutes.

Bautista Agut faces Dutchman Robin Haase next in the semi-finals after he defeated Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4, 6-4.

"It was a great finish and when I saw that last ball in I went insane", Bautista Agut said.

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With all three sets going to tiebreak, the unerringly accurate Bautista Agut admitted he was feeling more than a touch tired on Friday.

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

In preparation for the Australian Open, starting January 15, Del Potro proved just too strong for the Canadian and won 6-2, 6-4.

"I'll be OK for tomorrow, I have enough time to recover now - in the final, no pain matters, so I'll have to be focused on the game".

The Bahamas-based Shapovalov was outgunned in every aspect by del Potro, who served big and frequently unleashed his trademark forehand.

In the doubles, Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Austrian Philipp Oswald will take on Austrian Oliver Marach and Croatian Mate Pavic.

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