Winston Salem: Gael Monfils reached his second ATP final of the season on Friday as he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (11/9), 6-3 at the Winston-Salem Open.
The French 15th seed, who trailed 0-4 in the first set and needed an injury timeout for treatment on a sore hip after just 11 minutes of play, suddenly put his physical troubles behind him to turn the tide in a one-hour opening set.
He saved three set points in the first-set tiebreaker before pocketing the set, then gained an an early break in the second en route to the victory.
Monfils, runner-up at the claycourt tournament in Nice in May, will be seeking a fifth career title on Saturday, when he`ll face either ninth-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer or American sixth seed Sam Querrey.
Querrey, who has yet to reach a final this year, has won both prior career meetings with Melzer, a veteran left-hander who was runner-up in Zagreb in February.