Roberto Bautista Agut Crowned 2016 ASB Classic Champion
27-year-old Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut was awarded the championship title at the 2016 ASB Classic. Bautista Agut defeated Jack Sock after the American retired due to illness with the final score reading 6-1, 1-0.
The 25th-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut won the first set 6-1 while Jack Sock struggled to keep up the pace – it was evident he was suffering with his flu-like illness with the energy levels low throughout the rallies. In the set break Sock was seen to by medical staff before he decided to continue on. Shortly after the first game in the second set was complete Sock approached Bautista Agut at the net and conceded defeat.
En route to the final Bautista Agut upset second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in the semi-final, third seed and two-time former champion John Isner, Donald Young in the second round and in the first he took out the defending champion Jiri Vesely.
Bautista Agut claimed his third ATP World Tour title in Auckland. In 2014 he won in Stuttgart and 's-Hertogenbosch.
The doubles final took place earlier today with Mate Pavic (Croatia) and Michael Venus (New Zealand) defeating the fourth-seeded Americans Eric Butoru and Scott Lipsky 7-5, 6-4. Venus and Pavic won their second ATP World Tour doubles title to go with their 2015 Nice championship.
The last time a kiwi won the doubles on centre court was in 2010 when Marcus Daniell teamed up with Horia Tecau and prior to that it was in 1998 when Brett Steven teamed with Patrick Galbraith to win doubles in Auckland.