Latest 11 Jan 2018

Former Champions Dominate

by Charlotte Guscott
Former Champions Dominate

The final eight went down to the final four today in front of a sell-out crowd.  

It was a case of the master teaching the apprentice today when David Ferrer knocked out Hyeon Chung 63 62. The four time ASB champion looked like he’s turned back the clock and Ferrer says, he’s hasn’t played this well in Auckland since he won his last title back in 2013.

Dutchman Robin Haase will make his semi-final debut at the ASB Classic, after his come-back victory against German Peter Gojowczyk, winning the match 64 64.

The highly anticipated match of the day saw second seed Juan Martin del Potro battle it out against Karen Khachanov. Neither player gave each other an inch, holding their service games and setting up a tie breaker in the first set. However, it was the more experienced del Potro who held his composure, won the first set and broke early in the second set. The big serving Argentinian then went on to take the second set and the match 76(4) 63.

Kiwi Michael Venus and his partner Raven Klassen had the home crowd on their side in the final match of the day. The pair dropped the first set before storming back in the second against Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. With the crowd on the edge of their seats and willing the local boy through to the semi-finals, the Roland Garros Champion and his partner delivered, winning the match 46 64 10-4

Tomorrow will deliver another action-packed session for semi-finals day with three former champions vying for another ASB Classic title. Fans can enjoy watching fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut take on Robin Haase followed by four time Champion David Ferrer against tennis superstar Juan Martin del Potro.

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