Auckland Classic: Juan Martin Del Potro Downs David Ferrer To Reach Final

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- Reuters picAUCKLAND, Jan 11 ― David Ferrer may be heading into the twilight of his career but the 35-year-old rolled back the years as he beat Hyeon Chung to cruise into the ATP Auckland Classic semi-finals today.

-Juan Martín del Potro (ARG, 2) OVER Denis Shapovalov (CAN), BY 6-2 AND 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Ferrer, who is yet to drop a set in the event, needed 75 minutes to defeat Chung 6-3, 6-2 and set up a meeting against Argentine second seed Juan Martin del Potro next.

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

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.

"I had luck to break his serves twice and that's it, then I held my serve in all the second set, saving break points, playing good tennis down the line, and I had to take a risk playing against David because he's a fighter", del Potro said.

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On the other side of the draw, Ferrer's compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut appears a safe bet for the final, drawn for a semi against Dutchman Robin Haase.

The Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, runs from January 15-28.

Isner's powerful serve wasn't enough to save him in his match with Chung, the victor of last year's ATP Next Generation finals.

Khachanov beat sixth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2, 7-6 (4) to advance to the quarter-finals.

The 29-year-old second seed, who won the tournament in 2009 in his last appearance, will now be the favourite after top-seeded American Jack Sock was bundled out by unheralded German Peter Gojowczyk.

"If he has a good day, he is very risky as a lefty, he serves well and volleys".

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