Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov aims for maiden title in 2018

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov aims for maiden title in 2018

Spanish veteran David Ferrer reached the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland on Thursday after defeating South Korean Hyeon Chung in straight sets.

Canadian tennis prodigy Denis Shapovalov has set a maiden ATP title - but not necessarily the upcoming Australian Open - as his chief goal for 2018 after falling out of Auckland's ASB Classic.

Del Potro clearly overpowered the 18-year-old firing eight aces.

The Argentine world number 12 now goes into a final against 2016 Auckland champion Bautista Agut, who came from behind in an epic a battle against Dutchman Robin Haase featuring three tie-breaks.

Del Potro, who sealed the Auckland title in 2009, shone in the key moments and fought off six of the seven break points Ferrer forged in a tense clash, with two games in the second set lasting nearly 10 minutes apiece.

"I served really well in the second set and I tried to play aggressively".

The Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, runs from January 15-28.

In other quarter-final action, Del Potro beat Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (4), 6-3 while fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain prevailed past Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1), 6-2.

With top seed Jack Sock eliminated earlier in the day by unheralded German Peter Gojowczyk, del Potro is a red-hot favourite to lift his first Classic title since 2009.

Isner's powerful serve wasn't enough to save him in his match with Chung, the victor of last year's ATP Next Generation finals.

"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.

"Today the conditions were hard and he was a hard opponent, serving very well and a lefty, playing with a very flat backhand", Bautista Agut said.

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