Gael Monfils continues winning run, advances to Moselle semifinal
Metz, France (4E Sports) – Seventh seed Frenchman Gael Monfils continued his winning ways after a four-month layoff, beating second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 Friday to advance to the semifinal of the Moselle Open.
A former world No. 7, Monfils dropped to No. 44 in the ATP rankings after being sidelined by a knee injury. He won this event in 2009 and was runner-up in 2005.
Monfils goes on to face world No. 28 Andreas Seppi, who advanced to his third semifinal of the year by beating fourth seed Florian Mayer 7-5, 6-2. Seppi won 97 percent of points behind his first serve and broke Mayer four times to clinch victory in 61 minutes.
Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returned to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jesse Levine, converting three of his 14 break points to eliminate the American in one hour and 34 minutes.
For a place in Sunday’s title match, Tsonga will eighth-seeded wild card Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Croat Ivo Karlovic, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-0.
At the St. Petersburg Open, top seed Mikhail Youzhny survived a bagel in the second set to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, in two hours and six minutes to make it to the semifinal.
Youzhny improved his record to 30-9 record in this event that he won in 2004. He will face third seed Martin Klizan, who cruised past Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-2, for a place in the final.
World No. 93 Daniel Gimeno-Traver reached his first ATP World Tour semifinal in more than two years after beating Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 7-5. Gimeno-Traver goes on to face fourth seed Fabio Fognini, who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut, 6-4, 7-6(1).
At the Korea Open, Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semifinal after defeating No. 7 Klara Zakopalova, 6-2, 6-3. She will face No. 8 seed Ekaterina Makarova, who beat Maria Jose Martínez Sanchez of Spain, 6-1, 6-1.
Third seed Kaia Kanepi beat Kiki Bertens, 6-4, 6-4, to advance against No. 6 seed Varvara Lepchenko, who eliminated Tamira Paszek, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Meanwhile, Laura Robsin defeated Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the finals of the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.
Robsin will try to become the first British woman to lift a WTA title since 1988 when she faces Su-Wei Hsieh, who defeated fourth seed Urszula Radwanska, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.