Live updates: ASB Classic, men's day five from Auckland

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The final match of the night is up next, the second semi-final 6-Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) v 5-Benoit Paire (France).


Hubert Hurkacz v Benoit Paire (4-6, 7-6, 2-6)


9:47pm - That's it, Paire breaks and takes the second set and the match - he will compete in an all-French final. 


9:43pm - The Frenchman holds and is one game away from the final. 


9:36pm - Paire holds serve and takes a 4-1 lead. 


9:25pm - Paire breaks early and claims a 2-0 lead in the last set. 


9:20pm - A one sided tie breaker and Hurkacz takes it to level the match at 1-1. 


9:13pm - We are heading to a tiebreak in the second set. 


8:45pm - On serve early in the second set - 2-2. 


8:32pm - Routine from Paire, he eases through the first set, he takes it 6-4. 


8:20pm - Paire is able to hold to keep his lead, he's up 4-2. 


8:08pm - An early break from the Frenchman puts him on the front foot as he goes up a break and out to a 2-0 lead. 


John Isner v Ugo Humbert (6-7, 4-6)


7:40pm - Humbert holds and takes out the match, what a win for the young Frenchman, a future prospect for sure - for now, he is in the final. 


7:36pm - Humbert will now serve for the match, up 5-4. 


7:30pm - Isner saves a couple of break points to hold serve and remain a break down. 


7:23pm - Humbert holds again to keep his break alive. 


7:13pm - Humbert holds his serve and is now up a break. 

7:09pm - It goes from bad to worse for the American, he's broken in the first game of the scond set - cracking start from Humbert.

7:05pm - The Frenchman holds his nerve and takes out the first set 7-6 in a tiebreak. 

6:57pm - Both men hold and we are heading to a tiebreak. 

6:45pm - The Frenchman is cruising at the moment, he is holding serve easily, in saying that, so is Isner - 5-4. 

6:28pm - On serve through the first two games, both players easing into the match. 


6:02pm - That's it for the doubles for tonight, next up it's the singles semis, first up will be 4-John Isner (USA) v Ugo Humbert (France)


Next up we have the other doubles semi final, Austin Krajicek (USA)/Franko Skugor (Croatia) v Marcus Daniell (NZ)/Philipp Oswald (Austria) 2-6, 6-7

5:54pm - It's all over, Daniell and Oswald take out the second set tiebreaker and the match to march on to the ASB Classic doubles final. 

5:37pm - On serve here in the second set.

5:04pm - Lovely tennis from both men and Daniell and Oswald take the opening set, 6-2. 

4:49pm - Daniell and Oswald are the first to break thier opposition and they 3-1. 

4:39pm - The Kiwi and his Austrian partner take the opening game. 1-0.

Ben McLachlan (Japan/Luke Bambridge (GB) v Sander Gille (Belgium)/Joran Vliegen (Belgium) 7-6, 7-6

4:16pm - That's all she wrote, another tie break and another set win for the Japanese/ Great Britian duo. 

4:07pm - We are heading to a second set tiebreak. 

4pm - Looks like we are heading for another tie breaker, it's on serve. 

3:47pm - An impressive service game from the Belgium lads, they lead 4-3. 

3:37pm - On serve here in the second set at the Belgium pair lead 2-1. 

3:21pm - Bambridge/McLachlan squander two set points, but capitalise on a third, winning the first-set tirbreak 7-5 to take an upper hand.

3:15pm - The first set enters a tiebreak at 6-6, with Bambridge/McLachlan seizing an early mini-break.

3:02pm - Games still on serve at 5-4, but McLachlan is still flexing his Achilles during the breaks.

2:37pm - Games on serve at 2-1 in the first set, with Bambridge/McLachlan ahead, but the expat Kiwi received medical attention during the break for a taped left Achilles.

2:20pm - Players are warming up for the first match of the day, with NZ-born Ben McLachlan - now representing Japan - combining with Briton Luke Bambridge to face Belgians Sander Gille  and Joran Vliegen.

McLachlan actually won this title last year, teaming with Jan-Lennard Struff to beat Kiwi Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in the final. He has won four ATP titles, including back-to-back in Tokyo (2017, 18).


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the ASB Classic men's tournament from Auckland, where both singles and doubles are down to the final four.

Doubles exponent Marcus Daniell - with Austrian partner Philipp Oswald - is the last Kiwi standing, and will face American Austin Krajicek and Croatian Franko Skugor for a place in Saturday's final.

There's a Kiwi influence in the other doubles semi, with Queenstown-born Ben McLachlan combining with Briton Luke Bambridge to take on Belgians Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.

Big American John Isner (2.08m) is the top remaining singles seed, facing French upstart Ugo Humbert, while Benoit Paire and Hubert Hurkacz contest the other semi.

The full ASB Classic schedule for Friday is:



Doubles semi-final
Sander Gille (Belgium)/Joran Vliegen (Belgium) v Luke Bambirdge (Great Britain)/Ben McLachlan (Japan)

Followed by

Doubles semi-final
4-Austin Krajicek (USA)/Franko Skugor (Croatia) v Marcus Daniell (NZ)/Philipp Oswald (Austria)

Not before 5pm

Singles semi-final
4-John Isner (USA) v Ugo Humbert (France)

Followed by

Singles semi-final
6-Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) v 5-Benoit Paire (France)


Rising tennis star reaches ASB Classic semi-finals

American John Isner will face one of the rising stars of men's tennis in the ASB Classic semi-finals.

Frenchman Ugo Humbert upset second seed Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-5 to book a final-four showdown against the big-serving two-time Auckland champion. 

Isner scored a narrow 7-6 7-6 win over Brit Kyle Edmund in just under two hours, with neither player losing a service game. 

Frenchman Ugo Humbert in action at the ASB Classic
Frenchman Ugo Humbert in action at the ASB Classic. Photo credit: Photosport

Isner saved nine breakpoints, firing down 25 aces in a commanding service performance. 

Meanwhile, Humbert edged out popular Canadian prospect Shapovalov in two tight sets, breaking serve late in both to earn the win.

In Friday's other semi-final, Fench fifth seed Benoit Paire will face another rising star of the men's game, Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Paire staged a comeback win over game John Millman 4-6 6-1 6-4. The Australian seemed headed for a comfortable victory, after claiming the first set, but lost six straight games, as Paire found his groove.

Paire broke Millman late in the third set and held on for victory. 

Hurkacz blew four match points, before finally ending the run of Feliciano Lopez, scoring a tough 6-4 6-7 6-4 victory. 

Kiwi Marcus Daniell will contest the doubles semi-finals, after he and partner Phillip Oswald fought back from a set down to beat Frederik Nielson and Tim Puetz 4-6 6-1 10-7.