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Less than 24 hours after his first win of 2022, Gael Monfils returns to beat Tommy Paul on Friday in Adelaide.

Monfils, Cilic Cruise Into Adelaide Semi-finals

Khachanov beats qualifier Gerasimov

Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic, who both headline the singles field at the Adelaide International 1, powered their way into the semi-finals on Friday.

Top seed Monfils overcame sixth-seeded American Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-1 in 69 minutes as the Frenchman continued his bid for an 11th ATP Tour title. He now plays Australian wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis.

"It was a tough one," said Monfils. "I had a great start and he broke me back. I think I was rushing a little bit on my first serve, and… [I needed] a little bit more timing on my first serve to have free points. Then it was just a battle. [I] felt great."

Kokkinakis edged past Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the match of the day, 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes, for a place in his first ATP Tour semi-final since August 2017 in Los Cabos. Kokkinakis saved three set points at 6/7, 7/8 and 8/9 in the first-set tie-break and led 3-0 in the deciding set, before a tense end.

Third seed Marin Cilic won 25 of 29 first-service points to knock out Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-2 in 68 minutes. "The match was very solid from start to finish," said Cilic. "I served really well. [The] courts here are quite quick... I feel that’s good for my game. For me, these matches are incredibly valuable. [I'm] hoping that I’m going to keep going with wins. Definitely it can grow into my confidence."

The Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at the 2018 Australian Open, lifted two trophies in 2021 at Stuttgart and St. Petersburg. Cilic now faces second-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov, who defeated Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov 7-5, 6-3. He has a 2-0 ATP Head2Head lead against Khachanov.