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    Simon ousted in Montpellier

    12:24 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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    Montpellier, France (Sports Network) - Rising Frenchman Benoit Paire upset fellow countryman Gilles Simon to reach the semifinals at the Open Sud de France tennis event.

    The eighth-seeded world No. 43 Paire dismissed the fourth-seeded 14th-ranked Simon 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour, 47 minutes in Friday's quarterfinals on the indoor hardcourts at Montpellier's Park & Suites Arena.

    The 23-year-old Paire's final four opponent on Saturday will be another compatriot, Michael Llodra, who bounced Czech Jan Hajek 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 on Day 4.

    The left-handed crowd favorite Llodra was a runner-up at this event in 2009 in Lyon.

    Another quarterfinal saw Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen overcome Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

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