Top seed Gael Monfils rallies to make Monpellier semi-finals, with David Goffin also through

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Gael Monfils looking up

Gael Monfils survived a Monpellier scare as he rallied from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino to earn a quarter-final spot at the Open Sud de France.

Monfils, the world number nine and top seed, came through 4-6 6-1 6-4 in just over two hours in Thursday’s late match.

Second seed David Goffin had earlier saved five set points in the second set to defeat Alexander Bublik 6-3 7-6 (9).

The world number 10 will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a place in the semi-finals.

Frenchman Herbert defeated Canadian fifth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (2) 7-5.

Four-time champion Richard Gasquet, meanwhile, came from behind to battle past veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (1) 6-4 6-2 in a match which lasted just over two hours.

Number seven seed Filip Krajinovic moved into the last eight with a 6-1 6-1 win over Mikael Ymer, while Norbert Gombos defeated qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5 6-4 to set up a showdown with Monfils.

At the Tata Open Maharashtra, top seed Benoit Paire suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 defeat to Roberto Marcora in Pune.

Qualifier Marcora – ranked 174 in the world and having not won a tour-level match prior to this week – will go on to play Australian James Duckworth in the quarter-finals.

Duckworth, the sixth seed, battled past Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-7 (4) 7-6 (6) 6-3 to take his place in the last eight.

Elsewhere, number four seed Soonwoo Kwon beat India’s number one Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3 7-6 (5), while eighth seed Egor Gerasimov came through in three sets against Nikola Milojevic, winning 2-6 6-3 6-2.

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