Ferrer eyes fourth Auckland title
David Ferrer will have the chance to win a fourth title at the Heineken Open after he defeated an injury-hit Gael Monfils in Auckland.
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The Spaniard's semi-final was over in just 49 minutes as the world number five broke his opponent four times to take a 6-1 6-2 victory.
Ferrer will face German second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final after he toppled fourth seed Sam Querrey in straight sets.
Should he defeat the world number 19 in Saturday's final, Ferrer will match Australian great Roy Emerson with four wins at the Auckland tournament.
Monfils, however, will need to regroup ahead of next week's Australian Open as he appeared to be struggling with his fitness following a long absence with a knee injury.
The Frenchman started the match poorly as Ferrer quickly raced out to a 3-0 lead.
A slight limp hinted at an unseen injury, which was later confirmed when a medical assistant appeared on court to strap the Frenchman's right thigh heavily before the fourth game.
Two games later he had the tape removed from his leg but could not stop the inevitable as Ferrer snatched another break and then the set in just over 20 minutes.
Monfils had his serve broken early in the second set and then again in the fifth game to hand the defending champion a 4-1 lead.
Ferrer had no trouble closing out the match as he closes in on another title ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on Monday in Melbourne.
Earlier, 2008 champion Kohlschreiber advanced to the final with a 6-4 7-6 (7/2) win over Querrey.