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Juan Martin del Potro beats Shapovalov in straight sets

Juan Martin del Potro beats Shapovalov in straight sets”

The same, however, can not be said for Jack Sock.

Earlier, top-seed and defending champion Jack Sock of the US made a surprise exit after losing 6-3, 6-3 to unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk.

The 2009 US Open champion was faced with an unsurprising show of endurance from his Spanish opponent, who was typically dogged in a contest that lasted one hour and 47 minutes. Chung had been a surprise package in the tournament, particularly with the way he outlasted fourth-seed John Isner in a three-set classic on Wednesday.

Del Potro beat Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in his quarter-final.

"I had luck to break his serves twice and that's it, then I held my serve in all the second set, saving break points, playing good tennis down the line, and I had to take a risk playing against David because he's a fighter", del Potro said.

Del Potro will enter the top 10 for the first time since August 2010 on Monday ahead of his Australian Open first round clash against American teenager Frances Tiafoe.

Former champions Juan Martin del Potro and Roberto Bautista Agut will meet Saturday in the final of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic.

"I'm just so pleased to be able to make another final".

The oft-injured ex-US Open victor thrashed eight aces and flummoxed Shapovalov with a number of vicious forehands, cruising to a 65-minute victory.

He brushed off suggestions of indifference post-match.

"I didn't have my best serving day which didn't help, got some free points but not as many as I'd like - it's a rusty first match, you've got to get the cobwebs off".

Dutch veteran Robin Haase also defeated "lucky loser" Lukas Lacko.



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