Monfils into Montpellier final
Montpellier -Third-seeded defending champion Gael Monfils ousted second-seeded fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the ATP event in Montpellier.
Simon missed a match point along the way as world number 13 Monfils shrugged off a knee complaint to win in 2hr 30min and set up a meeting with either Czech Tomas Berdych or Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Monfils conceded the opening set in 43 minutes but he bagged the tiebreak in the second after staving off a match point at 5-6 and then stepped up a gear with a break at the start of the final set.
Simon battled back to 3-3 but then conceded serve once more as Monfils pipped him to the wire.