Gael Monfils shifted into the Top 10 in the ATP Race To London, after his 7-5, 6-1 triumph against Aljaz Bedene at the Erste Bank Open. The fourth seed guaranteed 81 percent of first-serve points 29/36 to procure his 35th tour win of the season following 70 minutes. Monfils improves to 14-5 at the ATP 500 occasion, where he arrived at the title match in 2008.
The 33-year-old overwhelms David Goffin and Fabio Fognini to possess the tenth position in the Race after winning 90 points for the quarter-last triumph. Monfils is only 310 points behind Matteo Berrettini, who occupies the eighth and final qualification position. Berrettini crushed Andrey Rublev to arrive at his eighth tour semi-final of the year in the first match of the day on Center Court.
The Frenchman will meet London's contender Diego Schwartzman for a spot in Sunday's finale. Monfils possesses a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Argentine, who defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets to reach the last four.
Monfils is endeavoring to lift his second indoor ATP Tour trophy of the year. The World No. 14 caught his eighth tour crown at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Showing up in his second quarter-final at the competition, Bedene was intending to reach the semi-finals in Vienna for the first time. The 30-year-old, who likewise progressed to the last eight in 2012, arrived at his first indoor ATP Tour final at the Moselle Open a month ago.
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