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Second seed David Goffin beats seventh seed Lorenzo Sonego on Friday for a place in the Montpellier semi-finals.

Goffin Closing In On Montpellier Final

Top seed Bautista Agut defeats Humbert in two sets

David Goffin is one step away from reaching his 14th ATP Tour final after beating Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-4, 6-4 in 87 minutes on Friday at the Open Sud de France.

The second-seeded Belgian, who reached last month's Antalya Open semi-finals (l. to De Minaur) and entered the ATP 250 event on a two-match losing streak, will next challenge Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov.

Gerasimov, who beat Goffin 6-4, 7-6(5) at the 2020 Open 13 Provence in their only previous ATP Head2Head meeting, knocked out Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 28 minutes. The 28-year-old Gerasimov struck 16 aces for a place in his third tour-level semi-final.

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German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk lost just three of his first-service points (23/26) to beat Austria's Dennis Novak 6-4, 6-1 in 84 minutes. Gokowczyk now plays top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday.

Bautista Agut needed just an hour and 12 minutes to book his own semi-final spot in Montpellier. The Spaniard defeated No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert, the last Frenchman standing, and cruised with a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

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