Ferrer beats Monfils in second Auckland semi

David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
A fan watches the Heineken Open.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Heineken promotion girls at the Heineken Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.
Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.

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.

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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