Monfils suffers finals setback in Valencia

Fri, 04 Nov 22:45:00 2011

Gael Monfils suffered a setback in his bid to qualify for this month's World Tour finals when the third seed was upset 7-6 3-6 6-4 by unseeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open.

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The Frenchman must now win next week's Paris Masters, where he has twice finished runner-up, to have a chance of securing one of three remaining places in the eight-man, season-ending competition at London's O2 Arena.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, the sixth seed, boosted his London hopes by beating unseeded American Sam Querrey 6-2 7-5.

The 2009 US Open champion, who will play Granollers for a place in Sunday's Valencia final, looks to be getting back to something near his best after more than eight months out last year with a wrist injury.

Top seed and defending champion David Ferrer reached the last four when he overcame former world number three Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4.

Spaniard Ferrer, the world number five, has already qualified for the November 20-27 Tour finals along with Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

Ferrer will face wildcard Juan Monaco in Saturday's semi-finals after the Argentine beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3 6-3.

Reuters

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