Richard Gasquet will meet fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final of the Open Sud de France.

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - Top-seeded Richard Gasquet beat third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) on Saturday to set up an all-French final in the Open Sud de France against Gael Monfils.

The fifth-seeded Monfils earlier beat sixth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Monfils improved to 4-0 against Nieminen. Monfils dropped his serve in the second set, before breaking Nieminen twice in the deciding set.

Janowicz had 16 aces compared to eight for Gasquet, and both players dropped serve once.

Defending champion Gasquet is chasing his 11th career title. Monfils won the tournament four years ago and will aim on Sunday for his fifth career title, but his first since winning indoors at Stockholm three years ago. Three of his titles were on indoor hard-courts.

The final will be the 10th meeting between the 27-year-olds, with Monfils leading 5-4.

''Gael is an incredible player, he does everything well,'' Gasquet said. ''It's always a bit weird to play a friend in a final, but I am looking forward to it. I think it's the best final we could have here in Montpellier and I hope it will be a good match.''

Gasquet, ranked ninth, is France's No. 1 player ahead of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Monfils has slipped to 30th after persistent knee injuries.

''Richard has so much talent (and) he is not (in the) top 10 for nothing. He has improved a lot physically and mentally lately, which makes him a difficult player to beat,'' Monfils said. ''He's going to be the favorite. He is the top seed and the defending champion. I am really looking forward to playing my buddy in the final, it makes it more fun.''

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.