Ferrer beats Tsonga in Paris, will face Llodra in semis

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Fourth seed David Ferrer and wild card holder Michael Llodra will meet in Paris Masters 2012 semifinal after straight set victories over Tsonga and Querrey.

Fourth seed Spaniard Ferrer won the battle of the only two remaining seeded players in Paris. He defeated sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga thanks to his spotless service games and a minimum amount of unforced errors. The Frenchman conquered Doha and Metz this year, yet he was unable to put enough pressure on Ferrer in any of the two sets today. He won his first service game to love, but needed to resist a double break chance in the next one. The rest of the four games in the opener belonged to the Spaniard, including two breaks, the second one to love.

No excitement in the set number two until Tsonga served to stay in the match a 5-4. The Frenchman had some nervous moments as he made two needless errors by 30-30, but managed to hold the game nonetheless. He was then serving to force the second set tie-break. However, Ferrer showed his quality as he chased down two difficult balls and provoked another pair of unforced errors from his opponent. Tsonga thus sent an easy volley into the net to gift the Spaniard a triple match point. He saved the first two, but ruined his chances for a comeback with a huge forehand miss. The Frenchman ended the clash with 35 unforced errors, whilst Ferrer only made 10, so it is not a surprise he advanced into Paris Masters semis with a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Wild card holder Llodra of France rolled back some years today in Paris quarterfinals as he eliminated 23rd-ranked American Sam Querrey. In an entertaining match the left-handed domestic player made a good use of his attractive style of play and capitalized on frequent trips to the net (49 in total). At the same time, he could rely on his strong first serve and thirteen aces. The opening set was decided in a tie-break where the experienced Frenchman held his nerves and closed out the set with a help of two backhand errors by Querrey.

He then grabbed and confirmed a break early in the second set, inspiring the home crowd to celebrate his 3-0 lead with few rounds of Mexican wave. Querrey was close to pegging back though as Llodra faced his first break point threat of the tournament at 4-2. The American was quite unlucky not to convert any of his five re-break points with couple of shots sailing hardly more than inch wide. Llodra thus held that game too and served the match out some minutes later. A 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory gave him a chance to challenge Ferrer for a Paris Masters final spot.

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