Brad Gilbert and Amos Mansdorf advanced to the final of the world's richest indoor tennis tournament with semifinal victories Saturday in the $1.1-million Paris Open.
Gilbert, ranked 23rd in the world, reversed last year's defeat at the Paris Open by beating second-seeded Tim Mayotte, 7-5, 6-3. Mayotte was the only remaining seeded player in the event, in which $262,000 goes to today's winner.
In the other semifinal, Israel's Amos Mansdorf defeated Switzerland's Jakob Hlasek, ranked 25th in the world, 7-6, 7-6.
Mayotte had beaten Gilbert all five times they had met, including their semifinal at the Olympics.
This time, Gilbert dominated. Mayotte, usually a good server and ranked No. 8 in the world, was broken 5 of the 11 times he served and had 5 double faults.
Mansdorf won a see-saw tiebreaker in the first set of the semifinal against Hlasek. Mansdorf went out to a 6-3 lead, but Hlasek took the next 4 points in a row to reach set point at 7-6.