Winston-Salem Open: Sam Querrey makes semi-finals with Gael Monfils
Sam Querrey reached his third semi-final of the season as he beat Richard Berankis to advance at the Winston-Salem Open.
Last Updated: 23/08/13 8:16am
Querrey, the sixth seed, beat the Lithuanian 6-3 6-4 to set up a semi-final meeting with Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
The American World No 29 sent down 10 aces against the 126th-ranked Berankis.
"I thought I played well the best I've played so far," Querrey said. "I had that mental lapse in the second set, but I was fortunate there.
"I can't afford to have that happen tomorrow, but all around it was pretty good. I've gotten a little better in each match, and I hope I can be even better tomorrow."
Melzer, seeded ninth, beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4 6-3 in a match that was delayed twice - the second time for over an hour.
France's Gael Monfils is finding some form, with the 15th seed beating Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-4 as he looks to get back into shape following his injury problems.
"It's always good to be in the semi-finals, especially after two big wins," Monfils said. "(Verdasco is) very aggressive, hitting lots of winners and making lots of mistakes. It makes you play a bit different.
"I'm pretty happy with how things are going. Hopefully, I can keep winning and try to get back into shape."
Number 10 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 and will face Monfils for a place in the final.