OPEN DE NICE CÔTE D'AZUR
Andujar Upsets Simon, Faces Monfils In Nice SFs
by ATP Staff|
Pablo Andujar has risen 60 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings in just two weeks and is poised to continue his climb after upsetting French No. 2 seed Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5 in quarter-final action Thursday at the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur.
The in-form Spaniard capitalised on three of his eight break points, while Simon went one for seven on his opportunities.
After failing to record consecutive match wins through the first four months of the season, Andujar has now reached the semi-finals in successive tournaments. He advanced to the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time two weeks ago at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Andujar will play Gael Monfils for a place in the final after the former World No. 7 closed out a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dutchman Robin Haase in 66 minutes. The Frenchman leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Andujar, 2-0.
Monfils, currently No. 109 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won the Challenger title in Bordeaux last week (d. Llodra).
Cheered on by French supporters, Edouard Roger-Vasselin knocked out third seed Sam Querrey 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1. Roger-Vasselin saved nine of 11 break points in the pair’s first ATP World Tour meeting, which lasted one hour and 53 minutes.
Coming into Nice, the 29-year-old Frenchman had suffered five straight second round exits since advancing to his first ATP World Tour final at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship (l. Gulbis) in February.
Roger-Vasselin takes a 1-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead into his semi-final against Albert Montanes, who has finished in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the past 12 years. The Spaniard overcame Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-1 in 67 minutes.
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