Posted: Thursday February 13, 2014 10:21 PM

Monfils beats Nieminen to reach Open Sud final

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MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - Fifth-seeded Gael Monfils of France fired 15 aces and overcame a second-set wobble to beat sixth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Saturday and reach the Open Sud de France final.

Monfils improved to 4-0 in career head-to-heads against his Finnish opponent. He looked set for a comfortable win but dropped his serve in the second set, before bouncing back to break Nieminen twice in the deciding set.

The 27-year-old Monfils won the tournament four years ago and will aim Sunday for his fifth career title, but his first since winning indoors at Stockholm three years ago. Three of his titles were on indoor hard courts.

Monfils will play the winner of the semifinal later Saturday between top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France, the defending champion, and third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.

 
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