America's Jack Sock set up a 2016 ASB Classic semi-final clash against David Ferrer with a three-set victory over fourth seed Kevin Anderson on Thursday.
Top seed Ferrer—a four-time former winner in Auckland—swept past Lukas Rosol to book his place in the last four, while Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut also advanced with a win over John Isner.
Bautista Agut will play second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his semi-final after the Frenchman downed Fabio Fognini in straight sets.
Here are all of the results from Thursday, information on the latest schedule and a roundup of the day's action:
|Quarter-finals||(1) David Ferrer bt. Lukas Rosol||6-3, 6-4|
|Quarter-finals||Jack Sock bt. (4) Kevin Anderson||1-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Quarter-finals||(8) Roberto Bautista Agut bt. (3) John Isner||7-5, 2-6, 6-3|
|Quarter-finals||(2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt. (6) Fabio Fognini||7-5, 7-6(4)|
Full draw and schedule available at ASB Classic website.
Sock looked to be ripe for a significant drubbing when he lost the opening set 6-1 to the big-serving Anderson.
However, he rallied impressively to force a decider as he claimed one of just two break opportunities ceded by the South African in the second set.
It was a similarly tight third set, but Sock did not give an inch on his own serve and earned the vital break to see out an impressive victory. Per tennis writer Chris Goldsmith, it was some turnaround from the world No. 26:
Kevin Anderson ........ 6-1 1st set dominating on serve..... loses 6-1 4-6 4-6 to Jack Sock in ATP Auckland— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) January 14, 2016
Ferrer's was a routine victory over Rosol, the Spaniard looking in fine form at one of his favourite events.
A double-break in the opener saw him off to a quick start, and the Czech never really looked like mounting a fightback.
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It was a tighter second set, but Ferrer gave Rosol no opportunities on his own serve and claimed the single break he needed.
Tsonga was required to battle a little harder in a 102-minute tussle with sixth seed Fognini. The pair exchanged service games in the opener before the Frenchman pounced as the Italian looked to force a tiebreak to win the opening set 7-5.
The second set was bereft of any break-point chances for either player, but Tsonga showed his quality in the tiebreak to claim victory.
Bautista Agut was impressive in beating third seed Isner, with the Spaniard showing steel to respond when forced into a decider and serve out the set having claimed the key break.