Berdych cuts Monfils down to size to reach final

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Posted: Apr 18, 2015 9:09 AM

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - Sixth seed Tomas Berdych reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters by sweeping past local favorite Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4 on Saturday.

Czech Berdych, who next faces eight-times champion Rafa Nadal or world number one Novak Djokovic, breezed through the opening set without facing a single break point.

Monfils, who beat Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the semi-finals in the European claycourt season's opening tournament, offered more resistance in the second set but made too many unforced errors.

Berdych now has a 6-1 record against 14th-seeded Frenchman Monfils who came back from an injury absence late last month.

(Writing by Julien Pretot, editing by Tony Jimenez)