Del Potro sets up Anderson final

Juan Martin del Potro will face Kevin Anderson in the final of the Mexican Open following their wins on Friday night.

The Argentine was too good for rising star Alexander Zverev, easing past him 6-4, 6-2 on the hard courts of Acapulco. Del Potro was sublime on serve, winning 78% of his first service points and only giving Zverev one breakpoint all match.

An early break in the opening set saw del Potro go 3-1 up as he went on to serve out the set. It was more of the same in the second set, as Zverev struggled to penetrate the former world number four’s defence and had no answer to his ground game. 

Meanwhile, Anderson survived a second set comeback to beat Jared Donaldson 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a tense affair. The South African fired 18 aces on his way to reaching his third final of the year. 

After taking the opening set, Anderson handed Donaldson a life-line late in the second set, leading the a decider. But the American was unable to take that momentum into the third set, as Anderson broke early and consolidated, staving off two break points later before sealing the victory. 

"It just feels great to win tonight's match," quipped the world number eight.

"When you're out there, you're not really thinking about finals and what happened before. In the heat of the battle, I thought it was a really tough match."

Anderson has taken just two sets off del Potro and is yet to beat him in their six clashes.