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Ferrer Books Second SF Spot Of 2013; Next Plays Monfils

Auckland, New Zealand

Ferrer© Getty ImagesTop seed David Ferrer landed 76 percent of his first serves on Thursday

Top seed and three-time champion David Ferrer has won through to the semi-finals of the Heineken Open in Auckland with a 54 minute 6-2, 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko on Thursday. 

The Spaniard won 77 percent of points on his first serve and saved the only break point he faced. The result lifted his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against No. 48 Lacko to 3-0.

“I am pleased with my game today, I played better than yesterday," said Ferrer. "[I have a] good feeling with my game, I received better and I did not make so many mistakes.”

Ferrer's appearance in Friday's semi-final marks his second final four berth in as many weeks. The right-hander lost to Nikolay Davydenko at last week's Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

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Ferrer will meets either wild card Gael Monfils in the semi-finals. "All semi-finals are complicated," said Ferrer. "Last year I played a complicated player and tomorrow it will be difficult again.”

Wild card Monfils beat fourth-seeded German Tommy Haas, who was named the ATP Comeback Player of the Year, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours.

Monfils hit 19 aces and eight double faults. Last week, the Frenchman lost in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semi-finals at Doha (l. to Brands).

“I am happy because it’s been a while since I won two matches in a row, but I’m still not 100 per cent happy with the way I played," said Monfils. "There was too much defence.

"Tomorrow is a massive challenge. It will be very hard. My confidence is coming back and whatever happens I will compete and fight and try my best."

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