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Third-seeded Richard Gasquet beat veteran Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Saturday to set up an all-French Open Sud de France final against eighth-seeded Benoit Paire, who overcame countryman Michael Llodra 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Gasquet has been in good form this year with a victory at Doha and will try for his ninth career title against Paire, who is aiming for his first.
Gasquet had eight aces and broke Nieminen's serve five times overall.
Paire, who saved a match point in his second-round win against Steve Darcis earlier this week, had 17 aces to Llodra's eight as he fought back to reach his second career final. He lost his previous one on outdoor clay at Belgrade last year.
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(February 8, 2013) Richard Gasquet of France beat under the weather countryman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in Montpellier on Friday to reach his second semifinal of the season. Benneteau was suffering from back pain.
Gasquet, will take on Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the semis, who moved into to the final four with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
Jarkko Nieminen of Finland beat fifth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-6 (8) in the second round of the Open Sud de France on Wednesday, defeating the Russian for the first time in 10 years and reaching his second quarterfinal of the season.
Davydenko had won their previous four matches, with Nieminen's last win coming on clay at the Rome Masters in 2003. He broke Davydenko&...
Michael Llodra of France and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland advanced Friday to the semifinals of the Open Sud de France.
Llodra had11 aces in a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win against Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, clinching it with a volley at the net. Nieminen rallied to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), with both players dropping serve three times.
Llodra's semifinal opponent...