Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic stormed into the semifinals of the Open Sud tournament in Montpellier, defeating Nicolas Mahut of France 6-3 6-4.
Also through are Gael Monfils of France, who dismissed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in two fairly easy sets 6-3 6-3. Nieminen was the one to win the Sydney International last month.
Monfils will now play his french countryman Gilles Simon in the semis. Simon eliminated Guillaume Rufin in a tough three set match 7-6 (5) 6-7 (2) 6-2.