Monfils sets up Ljubicic final clash in Montpellier

Montpellier: Gael Monfils saw off fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6,2-6,6-4 on Saturday to set up a final clash with Croatian Ivan Ljubicic at the Open Sud de France.

Ljubicic, the fourth seed, served 18 aces to beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-3,7-6 and advance into Sunday`s showdown.

Monfils, seeded third, needed only one break to prevail against the big-serving Tsonga, the second seed.

He snatched the opening set by taking the tiebreak 7-2 but a lapse in concentration gave Tsonga the second only for Monfils to break early in the decider and hold serve to wrap up the win in one hour and 46 minutes.

Bureau Report

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