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Sport Heat a factor as del Potro loses Classic

10:51  13 january  2018
10:51  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Martin del Potro fought-back from a set-down to eventually lose in three. Juan Martin del Potro says humid conditions played a major role in his three-set ASB Classic final loss to Roberto Bautista Agut. It took him time to adjust to the heat and humidity.

Federer is eyeing an eighth triumph on home soil but has lost to Del Potro in their last two meetings in Basel, in the 2012 and 2013 finals. When asked if it will be a classic final, he told the ATP: ‘Yes, I think so.

Juan Martin del Potro blamed humid Auckland conditions for his ASB Classic final loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.© MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images Juan Martin del Potro blamed humid Auckland conditions for his ASB Classic final loss to Roberto Bautista Agut. Juan Martin del Potro says humid conditions played a major role in his three-set ASB Classic final loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.

The second-seeded del Potro - a red-hot favourite for Saturday's Auckland final - fell 1-6 6-4 5-7 to his Spanish opponent, failing to fire early on.

The ex-US Open winner and 2009 Classic champion was broken in each of his three first-set service games and didn't rebound until late in the second.

He secured the second set 6-4 but couldn't find a way past the consistent Bautista Agut in the decider, falling 5-7 and losing in just over two hours.

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But Del Potro , who has won 16 of his 20 career titles on hard courts like the one in Acapulco, dominated his higher-ranked opponent in a match that lasted just 90 minutes. The Argentine never lost a break point all night and hit only one double fault.

The world number one held serious discussions with coach Carlos Moyá in an intense session in the heat as he studiously went about his business. Nadal has not lost at Roland Garros when taking the first set and that record did not look like coming "That", del Potro would say later, "was my chance".

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

It took him time to adjust to the heat and humidity.

"I was playing every match during the night and today was really hard, to play with this sun and humidity - I felt it a lot, in the start of the match. But then my game improved a little bit and I made mistakes in the last game," del Potro said.

Tennis-Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

  Tennis-Injured Del Potro battles through to third round Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The 12th seeded Argentine had a medical timeout in the fourth set and continued to have treatment on his thigh during a change of ends but stayed on his legs to close out the taxing three hour 45-minute tussle at a sweltering Hisense Arena.

Del Potro lost in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open to Federer for the fourth time that year. Del Potro started the season at the 2018 ASB Classic in New Zealand, where he debuted with a victory against Denis Shapovalov. " Del Potro turning up the heat ".

Del Potro maintained the rage as he saved three match points to break right back and make it 5-5 before both players held their next service games, sending things to a tiebreak. After the 29-year-old hit a scorching forehand winner Federer once again took his frustration out on the umpire and losing his

"Roberto played solid in the last two games of the match, that was key.

"I didn't play another match during the day, so I felt a big difference in the weather, but it's not an excuse - I had my chances to win too."

The giant Argentine, who beat Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov and David Ferrer on his way to the final, said he'd take nothing but positives from this week.

He'd now head to the Australian Open in high spirits.

"I played another final, I don't have anything to lose at this time of my career - I'm going to be top-10 again after big problems with my wrists," del Potro said.

"I have many good things to celebrate - of course, when you lose in a final, it's not happiness, but the tennis life continues."

Berdych overpowers Del Potro to reach fourth round .
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