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Monfils, Cilic cruise into Adelaide semi-finals

Gael Monfils.
Gael Monfils. Photo: ATP

Adelaide, Jan 7 (MNN) Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic, who both headline the singles field at the Adelaide International 1, powered their way into the semi-finals here on Friday.

Top seed Gael Monfils overcame sixth-seeded American Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-1 in 69 minutes as the Frenchman continued his bid for an 11th ATP Tour title.

He now plays Swede’s Mikael Ymer or Australian wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis, who meet during the night session.

Second seed Marin Cilic won 25 of 29 first-service points to knock out Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-2 in 68 minutes.

“The match was very solid from start to finish. I served really well. The courts here are quite quick… I feel that’s good for my game. For me, these matches are incredibly valuable. I’m hoping that I’m going to keep going with wins. Definitely it can grow into my confidence,” Cilic said.

The Croatian, runner-up to Roger Federer at the 2018 Australian Open, lifted two trophies in 2021 at Stuttgart and St Petersburg.

He awaits the winner of second-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov and Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov.

Sania Mirza bows out of Adelaide International doubles contest

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