Tsonga, Ferrer crash out in Auckland

Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Jack Sock of America will contest the singles final at the Auckland Open after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer respectively on Friday.

Bautista Agut survived a second set match point to down the second-seeded Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and 19 minutes.

In the second set, Bautista Agut missed an easy volley putting it in the net at 4-5 and 30-30 to give his opponent a match point but Tsonga did not capitalize and the match went to a tie-breaker which the Spaniard won.

As the match went into the third set Tsonga seemed to take his foot off the pedal and the eighth seed broke serve in the 10th game for the win.

In the other semi-final, the unseeded Sock dragged himself out of his sickbed, suffering from a virus, to defeat top seed Ferrer 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a match that lasted 81 minutes to reach the final.

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