February 9, 2020 / 12:17 AM / 4 months ago

ATP roundup: Monfils reaches Montpellier final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Fourth Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 27, 2020 France's Gael Monfils during his match against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Issei Kato

Top-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils reached the championship match of the Open Sud de France with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Saturday at Montpellier.

Monfils delivered 12 aces in the 84-minute semifinal match and will be looking for his third title at the event when he faces Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. Monfils is 5-0 lifetime versus Pospisil.

Pospisil recorded a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 upset of second-seeded Belgian David Goffin to reach the final. Pospisil recorded eight aces in the two-hour, 22-minute match, while Goffin had seven.

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Jiri Vesely hammered 28 aces and saved four match points in the third-set tiebreaker while outlasting Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-7 (8), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7) to reach the championship match in Pune, India.

The unseeded Vesely won six of the final seven points of the tiebreaker to win a match that lasted three hours and six minutes. The Czech will face eight-seeded Egor Gerasimov in the final.

Gerasimov recorded 13 aces while posting a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded James Duckworth of Australia in 92 minutes. It is Gerasimov’s first ATP title appearance.

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