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It's A Banner Day For The French! Monfils Advances To Semi-finals In Halle

Friday, June 10, 2011

Frenchman Gael Monfils wins quarterfinal match at Gerry Weber Open


France’s Gael Monfils is feeling more and more at home in his debut at the GERRY WEBER OPEN, beating German sixth seed Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-4 to book his spot in the semi-finals. The world number eight Monfils, who in April moved into the Top 10, has yet to lose a set in Halle.

"I’m number eight in the world so this isn’t really a surprise. I’m happy with the way I am playing on the grass. And this is great preparation for Wimbledon,” said Monfils, who will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in Saturday’s semis.

Both Monfils and Mayer broke in the first set before Monfils collected his second break in the 10th game to win the set 6-4. In the second frame, Monfils broke Mayer’s serve for a 4-2 advantage but Mayer broke right back. The Frenchman however earned a match point on Mayer’s serve in the 10th game and won the match in 1 hour 4 minutes with a forehand strike down the line.

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