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Gael Monfils Into The Semis At The BCR Open

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today at 12:00 p.m. (Romanian time) on the Central Court at the BCR Open in Bucharest, Romania, world no. 48 Gael Monfils of France will be playing in the semi-finals. Just last month he had to withdraw from the U. S. Open because of a right hamstring injury, and a few weeks later he's in the semi-finals of another event. Additionally, he had to qualify for this event! Work it out Monfils!

In the quaterfinals Monfils played his French compatriot Marc Gicquel whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2. Monfils served up 12 aces against Gicquel during the 74 minute match yesterday. At 21 years of age this was his 21st ATP-level victory and the third occasion he has reached the last four at a tournament this year. Monfils will try to reach his second ATP final of the year after finishing runner-up in Poertschach (l. to Monaco) in May.

At the same time, it looks like Monfils will have a tall order to fill. His semi-final opponent will be 6'6" Victor Hanescu of Bucharest, Romania. The cheering will NOT be for Monfils at this one.

Posted by Shelia

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