• Ferrer meets Monfils in Heineken Open semifinal

    1/10/13 5:22 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer meets Monfils in Heineken Open semifinal Defending champion David Ferrer will attempt to secure another final in Auckland, as he squares off against former world No. 7 Gael Monfils. The players are scheduled to contest their fourth career meeting on Friday.

    World No. 5 David Ferrer looks to cut into a 3-0 series deficit against former world No. 7 Gael Monfils Friday afternoon. The players last met at the 2011 French Open, where a round of 16 match went to the Frenchman in five sets.

    Friday marks their first hard-court contest since 2010.

    Ferrer cruised into the final four after dismissing Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The Spaniard converted four of 7 break points in less than an hour of play.

    "All semifinals are complicated," confessed Ferrer, through to his second semifinal in as many weeks. "Last year I played a complicated player and tomorrow it will be difficult again.”

    The 30-year-old veteran is bidding for his 34th ATP World Tour final.

    Monfils made the semifinal by virtue of his come-from-behind effort over 3rd seed Tommy Haas. The 26-year-old Frenchman crushed 19 aces en route to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win.

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

    Monfils is seeking his first final berth since February 2012, when he finished runner-up to Tomas Berdych in Montpellier.

    Prediction: Ferrer in three sets.

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