4 Frenchmen advance to Montpellier quarterfinals

4 Frenchmen advance to Montpellier quarterfinals
February 7, 2013, 5:30 pm
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MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Llodra of France had 13 aces and did not concede a break point, beating second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 7-6 (4) Thursday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.

Three other Frenchmen also advanced to the quarters: third-seeded Richard Gasquet, fourth-seeded Gilles Simon and sixth-seeded Julien Benneteau.

Llodra hit 20 winners in the first set and was the more aggressive player, displaying excellent volleying at the net. Tipsarevic saved two break points at 15-40 in the 11th game of the second set and then opened a 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker, but Llodra fought back and sealed victory with consecutive aces.

``My serve was good today and that helps on a quick surface like this,'' Llodra said. ``There wasn't much in it, but I think I had more chances than him. I'm very happy to have won in straight sets.''

Simon had 12 aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win against qualifier Arnau Brugues-Davi. Simon next faces eighth-seeded Benoit Paire in an all-French match. Llodra plays Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, who led 6-0, 4-2 against seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki when the Serb retired.

``He impressed me earlier,'' Llodra said. ``The match is within my reach but all of these matches are tough.''

Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine defeated Tatsuma Ito of Japan 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (3) and will next face Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Gasquet will meet Benneteau in another all-French match after coming back from an error-strewn second set to beat compatriot Gael Monfils 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Benneteau defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-4.