Monfils beats Kohlschreiber in Metz QFs, Seppi defeats Mayer

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Andreas Seppi overcame Florian Mayer in straight sets, while reconvalescent Gaël Monfils turned around the match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Seppi and Monfils will now face each other in the Moselle Open semis.

Fifth seed Italian Seppi and fourth-seeded German Mayer were tied 1-1 in head-to-head series before playing in quarterfinal of Moselle Open. Their last comptetitive match was back 2007. The opening set in Metz was tight. Both players gave away a serve by 6-5 for the Italian. Mayer was serving to reach a tie-break, but that never happened. The second was an easy – and fast – ride for this year’s Belgrade winner Seppi. He dropped only two points on his serve, seized his rival’s serve twice, including breaking him to love in the final game of the match – all this in mere twenty-two minutes. Seppi thus entered his first semis in Metz – he was a quarterfinalist in 2005 – with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph. He won 97% of his first serve rallies; only one of them was an ace.

Seventh-seeded domestic player Monfils came one step closer to conquering Metz for the second time. Second seed German Kohlschreiber had a two break advantage in the opener, but the Frenchman bounced back and forced a breaker. Nevertheless, the first set went Kohlschreiber’s way. The German struggled with his serve in the second set, allowing Monfils to go two breaks up. Kohlschreiber pulled one back, but could not prevent his 44th-ranked opponent drawing level in sets. Monfils, who was sidelined for almost four months due to injury prior to the tournament lost a serve first in the decider, but broke instantly and eventually got his nose in front after the ninth game. When serving for the match, he managed to save a break point to advance into the semis with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.

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