Gael Monfils is looking to reach his second final of the year when he takes on Donald Young in the ATP Bangkok semi-finals.
Monfils has taken a while to get into his stride this week, it's his first event since the US Open but he battled past 2010 Bangkok finalist Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 7-6(4) in Friday's quarter-finals.
“I think I played better. I’m a bit sore after all the matches, but it’s good to be back on tour,” Monfils said. “Jarkko played very strong and it was tough to move him and impose my game.”
The Frenchman takes on in-form American Donald Young who will crack the world's top 50 for the first time after defeating qualifier Go Soeda 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semis.
“It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests,” Young told the press. “I had to play well and figure out his game a little bit. I’m happy to move on to the semis, definitely. I hope to go further. I like playing here and this year I’m coming with more confidence than I’ve had previously.”
Young has been in superb form over the past month and took out defending champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez earlier this week but he has never made an ATP final before. Plus Monfils won their only previous match 6-1, 6-1 at Cincinnati three years ago.
Expect it to be closer this time but Monfils in two.