Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/19/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Gael Monfils of France reacts after a point in his first round match against Matthew Ebden of Australia during day two of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
France's Gael Monfils beat Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-4 at the Open de Nice on Friday to line up a final against Albert Montanes of Spain. Montanes defeated French wild-card entry Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the earlier semifinal. Montanes hit 11 aces and clinched victory with a backhand return winner. A former top 10 player, Monfils was hampered last year by a right knee injury and has dropped to 109th in the rankings. Monfils hit 17 winners to eight for Andujar to take the first set, when the Spaniard netted a backhand volley. The Frenchman then rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the second. The Open de Nice is a warm-up tournament for the French Open, which starts Sunday.
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