Bautista Agut Outlasts Del Potro for ATP Auckland Title
by Staff | January 13th, 2018, 11:41 am

Roberto Bautista Agut is not your typical Spaniard. He likes hardcourts, and he likes New Zealand. A lot.
On Saturday the Spaniard beat former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland for his second career title in New Zealand.

“I gave everything I have on the court this week,” said the 29-year-old Bautista Agut, who won his first Auckland title two years ago. “It was an unbelievable match today. I’ve been fighting a lot on the court…I played two amazing games at the [end] of the match.”

The fit Spaniard was coming off a three-set semifinal win over Robin Haase. He now has a 13-2 win-loss record in Auckland.

In the third set Bautusta Agut broke Del Potro for a 6-5 lead, hammering the Argentine’s backhand, then fought off a break point to serve it out.

Auckland is the Spaniard’s first title of 2018 and the seventh of his career. He has now won his last three titles, including 2017 at Chennai and Winston-Salem. Against Del Potro he converted on four of five break opportunities, and during the tournament led all players converting 19 of 33 opportunities.

“I knew it was going to be important, the beginning of the match,” said Bautista Agut, who broke his opponent three times in the first set. “I think I played very aggressive…I tried to have Juan Martin moving around the court.”

Del Potro fell to 20-10 in career finals, posting a 1-1 record in finals in 2017.

“It’s a good start of the year for me. I didn’t expect to reach a final in my first tournament of the year but I played well,” Del Potro said.

Bautista Agut improved to 7-6 career in finals after going 2-0 last year.

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4 Comments for Bautista Agut Outlasts Del Potro for ATP Auckland Title

skeezer Says:

Thought Delpo played well this tourney. Hats off to Agut.

Willow Says:

Picked Delpo to beat Fed in the AO, as he can be a right pain in the arse,and can cause problems for any of the top guys when hes on, however in saying that he can also flame out early to a player you wouldnt expect him to, and he was rather fatigued against RBA in this match so i ive heard, so i wonder about BO5 in the Australian heat ?

j-kath Says:

Willow: Evidently Delpo didn’t like the heat – a bit odd as Argentine is quite a hot, humid country – he had been playing the evening slot and thought it would continue. Both he and Fed wanting the evening matches – be interesting to see how that rolls out.

J.S. Says:

Where is Bautista Agut in draw? He outlasted/outplayed Drlpo…..I am really nervous about this years AO.

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