Gael Monfils marches into semis

Gael Monfils was in control throughout against Lucas Pouille, who shocked 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in an epic fifth-set tiebreaker to reach the US Open quarter-finals.

Gael Monfils was at ease as he made the semifinals for the first time at the US Open.   -  AP

Gael Monfils reached the second Grand Slam semi-final of his career on Tuesday, downing giant-killer Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at the US Open.

The 30-year-old 10th seed from France was in control throughout against his 22-year-old compatriot, who shocked 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in an epic fifth-set tiebreaker to reach the quarter-finals.

Monfils, who played in the semis of the 2008 French Open, will face either world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic or fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in Sunday's championship match.