ATP Winston-Salem Open: Gael Monfils reaches final with straight sets victory
Gael Monfils rallied to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 (13/11) 6-3 and reach the final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.
Last Updated: 24/08/13 7:22pm
The Frenchman lost his serve twice in the early stages of his clash against the 10th-seeded Ukrainian and then needed medical treatment for a problem with his left hip.
However, he overcame both the injury and the deficit to battle back and force a tie-break, one the 15th seed eventually secured on the 24th point.
The second set was much more straightforward for the world no 43, two breaks of serve seeing him over the finishing line after one hour and 38 minutes on court at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
"It's very good for my confidence. It was good to be down two breaks and to win the set. But I'm not so happy the way I played. I think I need to play better," Monfils told the ATP Tour's official website.
Monfils will face Jurgen Melzer in the final after the Austrian, who has lost all four previous meetings between the two, beat American Sam Querrey 6-2 4-6 6-3.
There will be British representation in the doubles final after Londoner Dom Inglot and his Filipino partner Treat Huey beat Germans Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich 4-6 6-3 10-5.