Top names progress in Doha

Top seeds David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet breezed into the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with straightforward wins in Doha.

Spaniard Ferrer, the top seed, brushed aside Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 6-0 in just over an hour, breaking four times and not facing a single break point on his own serve.

Second-seeded Frenchman Gasquet crushed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1 6-3, breaking five times and dropping his serve once.

But compatriot Gael Monfils crashed out at the hands of German qualifier Daniel Brands.

The world number 153 won 6-1 7-5 to book his place in the final four.

Russian Nikolay Davydenko completed the semi-final line-up following a 6-1 6-1 triumph over Italy's Simone Bolelli.