Monfils outlasts Federer, reaches final

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Paris, France - Frenchman Gael Monfils was a semifinal winner on Saturday, outlasting top-seeded Roger Federer at the $3.15 million Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters event of the season.

The 12th-seeded Monfils posted an exhausting 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4) victory to reach the final here for the second straight year. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the title match a year ago.

Monfils, who recorded his first win in six lifetime tilts against Federer, will next face fourth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling after he saved three match points to defeat French favorite Michael Llodra 6-7 (0-7), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the other semifinal.

Both of Saturday's matches took over 2 1/2 hours to determine a winner.

Soderling will be appearing in his fifth final of the year. He won his fifth career title in Rotterdam, but was a runner-up at Bastad, Roland Garros and Barcelona.

Monfils boasts a 1-2 record in title matches this year. He captured the third championship of his career in Montpellier, but lost at Tokyo and Stuttgart.


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