David Ferrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber booked their final place at the ATP Auckland 2013 tournament.
Top seed Ferrer made light work of the Frenchman Gael Monfils, destroying him in straight sets 6-1 6-2. Monfils, who has been suffering with a knee injury in the last year, seemed to have pulled his hamstring when warming up, but hopefully that won’t jeopardise his Australian Open appearance.
In the other semi-final match, Geman Philipp Kohlschreiber had to put up a lot harder fight on his way to a victory over the American Sam Querrey, eventually prevailing 6-4 7-6 (2).
Kohlschreiber, who won this tournament back in 2008, took Querrey’s serve in the fifth game of the first set. This proved to be more than sufficient for him to wrap it up and take a lead in the match.
Despite Querrey fighting back from a break down in set two, it was all about the German when it came to the tiebreak.