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Del Potro To Face Ferrer In Auckland Semi-Finals

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Former US Open champ Juan Martin Del Potro faces future star Denis Shapovalov at the ASB Classic today

The 29-year-old del Potro, an ex-US Open champion and the 2009 Classic victor, will face another ex-champion in Ferrer.

The 29-year-old second seed, who won the Auckland tournament the last time he played in it in 2009, will now return to the top 10 in the ATP rankings on Monday for the first time since August 2014 after struggling with injuries over the past few years.

In Sydney, 18-year-old Alex de Minaur continued to delight the home crowd with a 6-4 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez and will face Benoit Paire in the semi-finals, after the Frenchman knocked out defending champion Gilles Muller.

In what proved a sterner test than his first-up victory against equally youthful Denis Shapovalov, del Potro on Thursday dominated all of the key moments to win 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Argentina's del Potro, who beat Querrey to win the 2009 ASB Classic, needed only an hour to beat Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4.

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

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Juan Martin broke in the very first game of the match when he forced an error from Spaniard, and he moved 2-0 ahead when he saved a break point in the following game.

Del Potro - who'll head into the final as a red-hot favourite - hoped to lift the trophy once again, as he gears up for a 2018 Australian Open tilt.

2016 champion Bautista Agut defeated Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1) 6-2 in the last eight while Hasse beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4 6-4.

"But I've been working hard to play this tennis and hopefully I can still improve in the next matches".

Apart from Sock's departure, one of the main surprises Wednesday was the ease in which second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro dismissed Canadian teenage star Denis Shapovalov.

"If he has a good day, he is very risky as a lefty, he serves well and volleys".

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