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Roberto Bautista Agut

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Juan Martin del Potro reached his third final in his last four tournaments when he beat David Ferrer in straight sets to set up an Auckland Classic decider against Robert Bautista Agut on Friday.

Having endured through a marathon semifinal encounter which finished 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in his favor, Bautista Agut did not seem affected by any form of fatigue as he had the confidence-boosting start to the final, fending off some hard-hitting from del Potro and saving a break point to grab the first hold.

"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.

However, Bautista Agut romped through the first set in 31 minutes as he broke the Argentine three times and produced numerous forehand winners. But took advantage of the only break point of the second set to level the match.

He then blitzed the second set, unleashing his trademark ground-stroke game and playing relentlessly accurate shots to settle the match.

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"I tried to play consistent and aggressive because with Chung, he plays with power, and it's never easy", Ferrer said in a court-side interview.

"Today was a very tough match, I don't know how my body will be tomorrow, but now I want to enjoy the win and we'll see", Bautista Agut said. "I think my game improved a little bit". "Roberto is a great champion so congratulations to him".

A star attraction at this year's Classic, world No.12 del Potro was scheduled for night matches on each day and felt unprepared for his afternoon final.

"I have many good things to celebrate - of course, when you lose in a final, it's not happiness, but the tennis life continues". "I didn't expect to make a final in my first tournament of the year and I am looking forward to Melbourne". Bautista Agut will receive 250 ATP Rankings points and $89,435 in prize money and is projected to remain at No. 21 in the ATP Rankings.

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