Ferrer beats Monfils in second Auckland semi

12:15, Jan 11 2013
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Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
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Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
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David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
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Martin Kilzan, Slovakia, plays a backhand during his first round match against Belgian Xavier Malisse on day one.
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Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
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David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
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David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
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One of the most highly anticipated matches ever at the Heineken Open has proved to be the tournament's biggest anti-climaxes.

David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in just 48 minutes, with the Frenchman struggling with an injury.

It means Ferrer, who will play Philipp Kohlschreiber tomorrow, is into the final of this tournament for the fourth time and is in sight of repeating that remarkable feat of Roy Emerson in winning this tournament on four occasions.

In the second game Monfils injured himself and really the contest was all over then.

In a rally Monfils initially ran to the net to get back a Ferrer slice, he gave up but then made a lunge to get there and it was this movement that seemed to cause a leg injury.

He barely bothered to get in any rallies in that game or the next and at the change of ends called for the physio.

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He received heavy strapping to his left thigh and went on to play two more games, holding serve in one of them before receiving more treatment.

When the play resumed again Monfils didn't really go for anything, apart from occasionally launching himself for a massive swing of the ball.

Many were expecting Monfils to chuck the towel in at the end of the set, but he came out and served a stunning game, showing that he threw away the first set and was focusing on the second.

However, that one game was to be the highlight of this match for Monfils as Ferrer cleaned up all but one of the rest of the games.

It was such a disappointment that the sold out stadium didn't get to see the match they were hoping for, but a big cheer did go up when Monfils promised afterwards that he would definitely be back next year.

Kohlschreiberin makes final

Earlier today Philipp Kohlschreiber made it into the Open final once again after beating American Sam Querrey 6-4 7-6 in one hour 11 minutes.

The match did have something of a curtain raiser feel to it, but that shouldn't take anything away from how well Kohlschreiber played.

He returned superbly and stopped Querrey getting any rhythm to his game, while his opponent was surprisingly disappointing and made a high number of unforced errors.

Querrey's big serve let him down early in the first set and he was never able to make enough inroads into the German's serve to get the break back.

Surprisingly, there were just two aces served by Querrey in that set. His serve is by far his biggest weapon, so when that's not working for him it is bound to affect the rest of his game.

Kohlschreiber got a break in the third game of the next set, but Querrey would not only get the break back, but have set point when Kohlschreiber was serving at 5-6.

However, the American couldn't convert it and the tiebreak was a complete disaster for Querrey as he won just two points.

It is the second time Kohlschreiber has made the final of the Open, with the last time being in 2008 when he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets.

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