Monfils sets up Tsonga semi-final


Gael Monfils set up a meeting with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over Marcel Granollers.

Monfils swept aside world number one Novak Djokovic's conqueror Jiri Vesely in the previous round and enjoyed a similarly comfortable victory on Friday 6-2 6-4 to ensure a French player will feature in the final of the tournament for the first time in 16 years.

Granollers, who dispatched of 11th seed David Goffin in the third round, sent a passing shot down the line wide to hand Monfils the opening game, and the Frenchman surged on to take the first set.

Lucky Loser Granollers responded well, moving into a 3-0 lead in the second set, but he could not maintain his improvement.

Monfils rallied from behind to take the second set, ending a run of three straight defeats against the Spaniard.

The number 13 seed will look to go one better than his previous best at this competition - a semi-final defeat to Tomas Berdych last year - and reach the final for the first time.