Simon shocks Monfils at German Open

Gael Monfils suffered a final-set fail as he was knocked out of the German Open at the semi-final stage by fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon. World number seven Monfils started the match in Hamburg as the obvious favourite but was broken twice in the first set and despite levelling matters he suffered a dreadful decider, winning just four points as fifth seed Simon ran out a 6-4 3-6 6-0 winner.

The result earned Simon a semi-final meeting with fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny after the Russian was compulsory to work hard before squeezing through against Croatia's Marin Cilic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6).Second seed Jurgen Melzer was stunned 6-3 2-6 6-4 by eighth seed Fernando Verdasco, who will next take on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro after the third seed beat Germany's Florian Mayer 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3).

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