Monfils hits top form, books Nice final against Montanes

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Gael Monfils defeated Andujar to set up an Open de Nice Côte d’Azur 2013 final against Albert Montanes.

Wild card holder Monfils battled his way into the Saturday’s Nice final by dismissing Pablo Andujar of Spain in straight sets. The Frenchman was dominating the first half of the opening set to build a 5-2 one break lead. He was serving for the opener two games later, but Andujar broke back after his opponent squandered a set ball. However, the Colombian dropped another serve in the twelfth game which meant the first set belonged to Monfils. The Spaniard was on a good way to level the terms after confirming the fifth-game break with a hold to love. The home crowd favorite turned the tide, though, as he won all of the remaining games and closed out the semi-final clash with a second consecutive break. Monfils, currently ranked 109th, booked his final spot with a 7-5, 6-4 win. He has acquired four ATP trophies so far.

Andujar’s countryman Montanes prevented an all-French final in Nice as he squeezed past Edouard Roger-Vasselin in three sets. The first one went the Spaniard’s way after he clinched a crucial break when his rival was serving to stay in the opener at 5-4. The second set was decided early on by Montanes suffering a third-game loss of serve. He got close to breaking back in the tenth game, yet the domestic player managed to hold and make it one set between them. This was the last game the Frenchman would win in the match as he was delivered a final set bagel by Montanes who thus completed his 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory. The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to clinch his sixth title of career on Saturday.

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