Heat a factor in del Potro's NZ final loss

Denis Shapovalov of Canada lost to Juan Martin del Potro at the ASB Classic

GETTY IMAGES Denis Shapovalov of Canada lost to Juan Martin del Potro at the ASB Classic

Roberto Bautista Agut has muscled his way into the ASB Classic final with a 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) victory over Dutchman Robin Haase in Auckland.

After only being broken once in the entire tournament, del Potro dropped all three serves in the first set as both his serve and usually dominant forehand failed him.

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There were no break points in the first set but the Argentinian managed to break the Russian's first serve in the second set and felt it was an encouraging performance ahead of facing Ferrer.

A red-hot favourite for the match, the world No.21 found valiant opposition in Haase, who recovered from a poor start to win the first set. "If I play well maybe I have a little chance". I've been fighting a lot on the court...

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There, both players held easily in the first 10 games, hitting some powerful forehand winners like that one that kept Roberto in the match in the 10th game when he served to prolong the final. I think the crowd enjoyed the game.

The Spanish fifth seed added to his 2016 crown with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 success over Del Potro in two hours, seven minutes. Every weapon in their armoury was on display, with Haase even switching his racquet from the right toleft hand to reach shots swinging away down the backhand side.Del Potro and Ferrer's rallies were generally shorter as they slugged it out from the base line. "I couldn't play any better, but Roberto did well at the end of the match, and I made some mistakes".

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Still, he failed to make an impact with his serve and Bautista Agut broke again in game 4 to open up a 3-1 lead, controlling the points from the baseline and getting some errors from his opponent who still struggled to gain his range. "I tried to have Juan Martin moving around the court".

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