Duckworth crashes out of Maharashtra semis

James Duckworth has been eliminated from the Maharashtra Open after falling to a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 defeat to Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in the semi-finals.

JAMES DUCKWORTH.
JAMES DUCKWORTH. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Australian James Duckworth has been beaten in straight sets by Egor Gerasimov to crash out of the Maharashtra Open semi-finals in India.

The sixth seed was unable to find a way past the Belarusian in a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 loss at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Friday night.

Duckworth didn't win more than one game in a row or a single breakpoint, while Gerasimov produced five breakpoints against the Australian.

Meanwhile, at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, top seed Gael Monfils beat Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to set up a final showdown with Vasek Pospisil.

Monfils, the champion in 2010 and 2014, fired 12 aces and won 39 out of 48 points on his first serve to charge into the title clash for the fourth time in the tournament.

"It was a great win today. I was solid. Filip played great in the first set and then I changed my game a little bit to be more aggressive and it worked," the 33-year-old Monfils said.

"I was pleased with my performance. So far (it has been) a great week. Hopefully tomorrow is going to be the same."

Canada's Pospisil will look to become only the third non-French winner of the tournament in 10 editions after he stunned second seed David Goffin 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the other semi-final.

However, the 29-year-old could face a tough challenge to seal his maiden singles title having lost all five of his previous meetings with Monfils.


AAP