Hamburg: Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon beat No. 1 Gael Monfils 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in an all-French showdown on Friday to reach the semifinals of the German Open.
Simon will next play fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Youzhny saved two match points before rallying to beat No. 12 Marin Cilic of Croatia 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
The Russian was down 6-4 in the tiebreaker, but won the next four points to clinch the match after three hours.