Home favourite Monfils defeated Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-4 to??advance to the semi-finals of the Open 13 on Friday.
Italy’s Bolelli upset top-seeded Milos Raonic in the second round at the indoor tournament but proved no match for the flamboyant Monfils in front of fervent support in the south of France.
Monfils will next take on Spain’s Bautista Agut for a place in Sunday’s final after the fourth seed recorded a 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 victory over talented youngster Dominic Thiem.
The 26-year-old, who also reached the semi-finals in Chennai last month, achieved a year-end best ranking of No 15 last season after clinching his first two ATP titles, saved three set points in the tiebreak and then relied on his consistent serve to prevail in straight sets.
Second seed and tournament favourite Stan Wawrinka takes on Sergiy Stakhovsky from Ukraine, while 2007 champion Gilles Simon faces Jeremy Chardy in an all-French clash later.
British duo into final
British duo Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray will take on Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen in the doubles final.
Marray and Fleming advanced thanks to a walkover as Nicolas Mahut – playing with Pierre-Hugues Herbert – failed to overcome a shoulder injury ahead of the match.
Second seeds Draganja and Kontinen converted two of their nine break point opportunities to defeat Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamasdin 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 10-5 in 90 minutes.
Marray and Fleming will be aiming to record their first title success in what will be their third ATP final together.