February 8, 2020 / 6:55 PM / 18 days ago

Monfils to meet Pospisil in Montpellier final

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

(Reuters) - Top seed Gael Monfils beat Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4) 6-2 on Saturday to set up a final showdown with Vasek Pospisil at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Monfils, the champion in 2010 and 2014, fired 12 aces and won 39 out of 48 points on his first serve to charge into the title clash for the fourth time in the tournament.

“It was a great win today. I was solid. Filip played great in the first set and then I changed my game a little bit to be more aggressive and it worked,” the 33-year-old Monfils said.

“I was pleased with my performance. So far (it has been) a great week. Hopefully tomorrow is going to be the same.”

Canada’s Pospisil will look to become only the third non-French winner of the tournament in 10 editions after he stunned second seed David Goffin 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the other semi-final.

However, the 29-year-old could face a tough challenge to seal his maiden singles title having lost all five of his previous meetings with Monfils.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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