• Ferrer, Monfils make Auckland semifinal

    1/10/13 4:56 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer, Monfils make Auckland semifinal Defending champion David Ferrer advanced to the final four at the Heineken Open after beating Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in straight sets. The Spaniard is next to face wildcard Gael Monfils, who rallied to defeat 3rd seed Tommy Haas.

    (1) David Ferrer def. Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-1

    Top seed David Ferrer is through to the semifinal by virtue of his straight-sets ousting of World No. 48 Lukas Lacko. The 30-year-old veteran converted four of seven break points through 54 minutes of play. Lacko struggled with his second serve, winning just nine of 20 points.

    "I am pleased with my game today, I played better than yesterday," Ferrer explained. "(I have a) good feeling with my game, I received better and I did not make so many mistakes."

    Ferrer will face wildcard Gael Monfils in the next round.

    (WC) Gael Monfils def. (3) Tommy Haas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

    Former world No. 7 Gael Monfils made his first semi since Metz, rallying to upend 3rd seed Tommy Haas in three sets. The 26-year-old Frenchman struck 19 aces en route to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory in two hours and 1 minute.

    "I am happy because it’s been a while since I won two matches in a row, but I'm still not 100 percent happy with the way I played," confessed Monfils, who saved 15 of 17 break points during the match. "There was too much defense.

    "Tomorrow is a massive challenge. It will be very hard. My confidence is coming back and whatever happens I will compete and fight and try my best."

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