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.
The Spaniard would defeat the 2009 US Open victor 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in a touch over two hours on the hard courts of Auckland in New Zealand.
An wonderful forehand down the line victor moved Bautista Agut a point away from the crown and he sealed the deal when del Potro sent a forehand long, celebrating his second title in Auckland and the 7th in a career.
The Spanish player swept through the first set in only 31 minutes as del Potro seemed to struggle in warm conditions on a packed center court.
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.
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Bautista Agut booked his spot in the Classic final with a 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) win over the journeyman Haase, battling from beginning to end. "We played a great match".
Del Potro beat Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in his quarter-final.
"When I had to play in the sun it was very tough for me", del Potro said. "I did too. It's never easy against David because he is such a fighter and runs a lot, I just took my chances".
"And then I think my game improved a little bit". Juan Martin netted a backhand to get broken in game number 2 but he fired up his mighty forehand to get back on the track in the following game, breaking back with a volley victor and reducing the deficit to 2-1.
"It was an unbelievable match today", said Bautista Agut, who was presented with a ceremonial "taiaha", or Maori wooden staff. Juan Martin was there to fight until the final point, creating a break point that could set up the deciding tie break, but he was denied by an ace from Roberto, one of his most important shots of the day.