Roberto Bautista Agut wins Auckland title beating Juan Martin Del Potro
Roberto Bautista Agut continued to shine in New Zealand when the Spaniard won his second Auckland Classic title with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 victory over second seed Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday.
Del Potro had advanced to the final behind his booming forehand that nullified the superb defensive game of David Ferrer.
The fifth seeded Bautista Agut, who clinched the title in 2016 but was unable to defend it last year due to illness, however, never let the tall Argentine settle or get into a rhythm on Saturday.
He romped through the first set in 31 minutes as he broke Del Potro three times and produced numerous forehand winners.
“Roberto was just playing so well,” said Del Potro, who added he had played most of his matches in Auckland at night and was slow to adjust to the hot and humid conditions on Saturday. “He moves so fast from the baseline and he made it tough.”
The second set went on serve with neither able to get a break point opportunity until the 10th game, which Del Potro seized upon to send the match into a decider when Bautista Agut hit a backhand into the net after a cagey baseline rally.
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