Monfils first to enter Dubai semis

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Gael Monfils has booked his place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The Frenchman beat Ričardas Berankis from Lithuania 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 in their final eight encounter.

Seven-time winner Roger Federer is also in action later Thursday against Italy's Márton Fucsovics.

That match gets underway after 7:00 pm.

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