Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Bautista Agut upsets Del Potro in Auckland final

Bautista Agut upsets Del Potro in Auckland final

Juan Martin del Potro shrugged off his loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in the ATP Auckland Classic final on Saturday and declared himself ready for the Australian Open.

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

In a match characterised by long rallies and deep determination from both players, Spain's Bautista Agut eventually did enough to triumph.

Bautista Agut, the world No.21 and first-round vanquisher of Kiwi Michael Venus, will go on to face either Robin Haase or Peter Gojowczyk in the semis, and a potential final against Argentinian star Juan Martin del Potro.

"Today I felt really good on the court and I played very good tennis throughout the match".

"And then I think my game improved a little bit".

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The fifth-seeded Bautista Agut dominated the first set in every aspect, trumping del Potro with an unerringly accurate ground-stroke game he couldn't repel. "I couldn't play any better but Roberto did well at the end of the match and I made some mistakes".

The ex-US Open victor and 2009 Classic champion was broken in each of his three first-set service games and didn't rebound until late in the second. 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.

After an entertaining final set, Bautista Agut broke for 6-5 and had to save a break point as he served out the match.

The second set was closer, with del Potro much more competitive.

The Argentine had to change something on the court and in a rather quick manner if he wanted to get back in contention, and he started to serve better in set number 2, cutting the number of errors and enduring the baseline encounters with his strong opponent.

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.

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