Ferrer to play Monfils in Auckland semi-finals

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David Ferrer made light work of Slovakian Lukas Lacko, taking just 55 minutes on his way to a 6-2 6-1 victory. Ferrer dropped just 12 points on serve over the two sets and faced one break point, which he saved on his way to a 5-2 lead in the first set. Lacko would then be punished straight away for failing to convert, getting broke once more and with it losing the first set. It would be even easier in the second, as Ferrer won five straight games in easy fashion to close out the match.

Ferrer will play Gael Monfils after the Frenchman came from a set down to defeat Tommy Haas 3-6 7-5 6-3.  Despite a huge seven break point opportunities available in the first set, just one would be taken and that would be from the German for a 3-1 lead. Monfils had two opportunities at 4-2 to get it back on serve but would fail to convert and Haas would see the set out.  Monfils struck first in the second set, going up 3-1 but looked like he would hand the break right back going down 40-15 but held on. It looked like he would see the set out after that, only to fall down 15-40 once more when serving for the set. The second would be taken but Monfils would not be denied late in the set, breaking the German in the twelfth game and taking the match to a decider. The all important break in the final set would come at 4-3 when Monfils, after saving a 0-40 of his own, would earn three break points. He would take the first and with it had the chance to serve out the match. He would do so relatively comfortably, holding to 15 for a place in the semi finals.

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