Shapovalov drops 2nd-round match to Del Potro in New Zealand

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro has set up a blockbuster ASB Classic semi-final against Spanish veteran David Ferrer, winning Thursday's quarter-final 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 against prodigious Russian Karen Khachanov.

The same, however, can not be said for Jack Sock.

Former US Open champion Del Potro is the second seed in the tournament that he won during his last appearance here in 2009.

Second-seeded del Potro, champion in 2009, beat four-time champion and eight-time semifinalist David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in just under two hours Friday while Bautista Agut, the 2016 champion, defeated Robin Haase 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in a three-hour marathon.

Defending champion Sock lost in only 61 minutes to his German opponent, who is ranked 65th in the world.

Sock's compatriots, third-seeded Sam Querrey, fourth-seeded John Isner and unseeded Steve Johnson were also beaten in second-round matches.

"I didn't expect to play at this level and to be here in my first match of the year but I think I've been working hard to show this tennis, to play at this level often throughout the year", the world No.12 del Potro said.

"I'll be OK for tomorrow, I have enough time to recover now - in the final, no pain matters, so I'll have to be focused on the game".

"I tried to play consistent and aggressive because, with Chung, he plays with power, and it's never easy", Ferrer said afterwards on court.

The oft-injured ex-US Open victor thrashed eight aces and flummoxed Shapovalov with a number of vicious forehands, cruising to a 65-minute victory.

"Up a break in the first and the guy hit some unbelievable turns, painting lines all over the place, slapping balls, coming in", Sock told reporters.

"I'm going to give (the Australian Open) 100 per cent, like I always do - I don't know what the future holds but I'm going to turn around and get prepared".

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