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Gael Monfils se impone en el Citi Open de Washington.

Monfils vs. Zverev Washington Semi-Final Set

Frenchman won past two contests against #NextGen star

Gael Monfils returned to some of his best tennis at the Citi Open on Friday, dazzling the Washington crowd with absurd angles and holding back a solid showing from American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Monfils advanced to the Washington semi-finals for the third time in as many tournament appearances.

“I think I just fight. I compete well,” Monfils said. “I wasn’t playing great tennis for myself. I think I could serve better, I could be more aggressive… It was tough for me to impose my game.”

The second seeded Frenchman will face #NextGen star Alexander Zverev, who swept Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 in Friday's last match on Stadium at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Monfils leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-0, with both wins coming on indoor hard courts (Marseille 2015, Rotterdam 2016).

“I really like him. I’ve known him for a little while now,” Monfils said. “He’s a young gun. He’s very solid, very talented.”

Facing Querrey, Monfils grabbed the early advantage with a break in the seventh game to go up 4-3. The 29-year-old right-hander cruised on his serve during the first set. Querrey, though, stepped up his play and broke Monfils in the early stages of the second set, marking the first time Monfils had lost his serve in Washington.

But Monfils took back the momentum and led 3-0 in the third set before taking the match. He last reached the Washington semi-finals the last time he played at the tournament: 2011, en route to the final (l. to Stepanek). Monfils also reached the last four in 2007 (l. to Isner).

Zverev, the 2015 ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, needed only 57 minutes to dominate an out-of-sorts Paire and reach his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. The 19-year-old German grabbed the opener in 18 minutes after Paire landed only 35 per cent of his first serves and committed four double faults.

The 27-year-old Paire showed more resiliency in the second set but Zverev still coasted, saving both break points and benefiting from Paire's 31 unforced errors in the match.

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