Del Potro floors Ferrer

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Juan Martin del Potro will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for Auckland Classic glory after downing Spanish veteran David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 in their semi-final.

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

Renowned for his destructive service game, del Potro struggled on Friday to unleash his greatest weapon but still kept Ferrer pinned back with his forehand. Bautista Agut defeated Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1), 6-1 on Thursday while Haase beat Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4. 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.

But in the second set del Potro regained his touch and broke Bautista Agut for the first time at 5-4 to take the set.

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Speaking on court afterwards, Del Potro, who won the title in Auckland in 2009, said: "I'm exhausted, I'm so glad to be in the final after 10 [nine] years".

"Today the conditions were hard and he was a hard opponent, serving very well and a lefty, playing with a very flat backhand", Bautista Agut said.

After almost three hours on court, the classic encounter was settled by a Bautista Agut lob that landed on the line, ending 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5)."Unfortunately the match can not have two winners and I'm so happy I won", said the relieved Spaniard, who sank to his knees at the end.

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