David Ferrer has a chance to win a fourth Heineken Open tennis title Saturday when he meets Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final.
Top-seeded Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-2 in barely 50 minutes Friday to claim his place in the final. He now has the opportunity to match the record of Australian tennis great Roy Emerson by winning the Auckland title four times, including three-straight championships.
Second-seeded Kohlschreiber had a much tougher task to reach the final, having to tame the powerful serve of fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey before winning 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Kohlschreiber will be attempting to win in Auckland for the second time after claiming the 2008 singles crown.
Ferrer's path to the final was eased by the fact Monfils had to battle another of the injuries that have recently plagued his career. Monfils' ranking dropped to 99 during 2012 as he contended with a series of injury setbacks and he needed a wild card to make the Auckland main draw.