STUTTGART, Germany: Frenchman Gael Monfils fired 17 aces in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 quarter-final victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber which left Germany with just one title contender at the Stuttgart Open on Friday.
Monfils, seeded fourth and a former runner-up at the Weissenhof club
when the event was played on clay, reached the final four on the new grass surface as the event made a total date and surface change to become part of the lead-up to Wimbledon.
But Monfils will have to wait to find who out his next opponent will
be as top seed Rafael Nadal takes on Australian number five Bernard Tomic.
The defeat of Kohlschreiber, who played the 2013 final, leaves Mischa
Zverev as the last home hope. He will aim for a place in the semis against
second-seeded US Open winner Marin Cilic.
The last time a German lifted the trophy was in 1991, when Michael Stich defeated Alberto Mancini.