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Sousa first through to Classic semis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017 Ben Leahy
Joao Sousa of Portugal plays a forehand in his match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017 © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Joao Sousa of Portugal plays a forehand in his match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during the ASB Classic on January 10, 2017

The first ASB Classic semi-final spot has been booked after Portuguese world No.44 Joao Sousa raced past Dutchman Robin Haase in straight sets.

The 27-year-old Sousa showed his all court game by winning more points on serve and return than No.58 ranked Haase and frequently volleying to win 6-3 6-2.

"I think I dominated, I was very aggressive during the whole match," he told the crowd after the match.

"So I am really happy and I played a good match."

He also applied the pressure from the get-go, breaking Haase early to claim the first set in just 27 minutes, before again gaining an early service break in the second to romp to victory.

Having already dumped Spanish fifth-seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas out of the tournament, Sousa carries good form into the semis, saying he has felt better in each passing round.

He now waits for the winner of No.8 seed Marcos Baghdatis and Jiri Vesely.

Sousa said opponent Haase appeared tired as the Dutchman was a shadow of the player who upset four-time champion and No.3 seed David Ferrer on Wednesday.

Unable to find his rhythm, Haase struggled on serve, getting only 64 per cent of first serves in and winning only 66 per cent of these points.

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