ASB Classic 2016: Thursday Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 14:  Jack Sock of the USA plays a forehand in his singles match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa  during the 2016 ASB Classic at the ASB Tennis Arena on January 14, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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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:

2016 ASB Classic: Thursday Results
Quarter-finals(1) David Ferrer bt. Lukas Rosol6-3, 6-4
Quarter-finalsJack Sock bt. (4) Kevin Anderson1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Quarter-finals(8) Roberto Bautista Agut bt. (3) John Isner7-5, 2-6, 6-3
Quarter-finals(2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt. (6) Fabio Fognini7-5, 7-6(4)

Full draw and schedule available at ASB Classic website. 


Thursday Recap

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:

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.

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.