Metz - Sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal rallied to win 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
against second-seeded Gael Monfils and reach the Moselle Open final,
where he faces eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium.
eliminated top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters, beat
Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the other semi-final on
Sousa trailed 4-2 against Monfils, who blew two match
points before losing to Roger Federer in the US Open quarter-finals
this month, but clawed his way back into the match and saved eight of
the nine break points he faced. Monfils, the 2009 champion, had 13 aces
but quickly fell 3-0 down in the second set.
Both finalists will
go for their second career titles on Sunday, and play each other for the
second time. Goffin dropped only six games when he beat Sousa in the
second round of the US Open three weeks ago.
Sousa, ranked 39th,
won on indoor hard courts at Kuala Lumpur last year, while 45th-ranked
Goffin's only title was on outdoor clay in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in
In a match for servers, Goffin edged Struff 14-12 in aces
and won 85 percent of his first-serve points. After trading breaks in
the first set, Goffin saved three break points on his serve in the
second set and took his only opportunity on Struff's serve.
The 61st-ranked Struff has lost his three semi-finals this season.Results from ATP tournament in Metz on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
David Goffin (BEL x8) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Joao Sousa (POR x6) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x2) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2