ATP Montpellier: David Goffin, Gael Monfils and Filip Krajinovic reach semis


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ATP Montpellier: David Goffin, Gael Monfils and Filip Krajinovic reach semis

David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Filip Krajinovic and Vasek Pospisil will compete for the title in Montpellier on Saturday and Sunday after beating their quarter-final rivals. Goffin needed an hour and 38 minutes to dismiss Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6, taking four points more than the opponent in what was a mighty tight encounter.

The Belgian lost serve once and produced two successful return games to cross the finish line in straight sets, prevailing in the pivotal moments to stay on the course for the first ATP title since Tokyo 2017. Both players gad to endure tough opening service games, repelling five break chances in total before Goffin grabbed a break at love at 2-2 following a forehand mistake from the Frenchman.

Serving for the set at 5-4, David held with a service winner to secure the opener, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the encounter. Instead of that, Herbert scored a break in the fourth game of the second set, racing into a 4-1 advantage before David broke back in game seven to get back to the positive side of the scoreboard.

The set went into a tie break after five commanding holds on both sides, with Goffin who earned four mini-breaks to take the breaker 7-5 and secure the place in the semi-final. The top seed Gael Monfils defeated Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes, fending off five out of six break chances and scoring three breaks to control the scoreboard and move through in no time at all.

Gael made the best possible start when he broke at love in game two following a double fault from the Slovak who forced an error from the better-ranked opponent to pull the break back in game five and reduce the deficit. Monfils clinched another break at 4-3 when Gombos sprayed a backhand error, closing the set with a service winner in the next game.

The decisive moment of the second set came in the third game when Norbert lost serve, wasting his opportunities in games eight and ten and allowing Monfils to seize the fifth match point and stay in contention for the third title here in Montpellier.

Filip Krajinovic also scored a quick victory, toppling Gregoire Barrere 6-2, 7-5 in an hour and 14 minutes. The Serb lost 12 points in ten service games, fending off both break points he faced and stealing the Frenchman's serve three times to control the scoreboard and move over the top before the second set tie break.

Vasek Pospisil and Richard Gasquet stayed on the court for some 30 minutes before Richard retired due to an injury while trailing 6-1, 1-0, propelling Vasek into the first ATP semi-final since Valencia 2015.