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Monfils, Melzer Reach Winston-Salem Final

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Monfils© Getty ImagesGael Monfils has a 4-14 record in ATP World Tour finals.

Gael Monfils will attempt to capture his fifth ATP World Tour title on Saturday in the Winston-Salem Open final, when he faces Jurgen Melzer. Monfils leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 4-0.

Monfils, the No. 15 seed, advanced to his 19th final after he defeated No. 10 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(9), 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes on Friday afternoon. Melzer

Monfils battled back from a 0-4 deficit in the first set and saved three set points in the tie-break, before converting his first opportunity on serve to wrap up the 62-minute opener.

In the second set, Monfils grew in confidence. He broke Dolgopolov to 30 in the third and final games to record his 29th match win of the season. Dolgopolov hit 33 winners and committed 49 unforced errors.

"It’s very good for my confidence. It was good to be down two breaks and to win the set," said Monfils. "But I’m not so happy the way I played today. I think I need to play better. I think my best match I played here was against Tommy [Robredo], so hopefully tomorrow I will play better and show better tennis."

Monfils last reached a title match in the United States in July 2011 at Citi Open in Washington (l. to Stepanek).

Melzer, the ninth seed, reached his 13th final with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey in one hour and 40 minutes.

The 32-year-old Austrian will be looking to win his fifth singles title, and first since 2012 at Memphis. He was a finalist earlier this year in Zagreb.

"Every title means a lot," he said. "It’ll be a nice match-up tomorrow, and hopefully I can pull it off. It’ll also be very good leading into the US Open."

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