Edouard Roger-Vasselin sent home Sam Querrey to set up an Open de Nice Côte d’Azur 2013 semifinal clash against Albert Montanes.
Thirty-two year old Spaniard Montanes got the better of his one year younger rival Paul-Henri Mathieu in a bit more than an hour of play. World no. 82 Montanes started the match by breaking the domestic player in the opening game and made it to the end of the set without dropping a point on his serve. He was close to sealing it at 5-3, yet he went one nil up soon after with the help of his fifth love hold. The Spaniard then steamrolled through the following set by breaking helpless Mathieu three times. In the end he won 85% of his service points as well as 49% of return points. Montanes thus advanced with 6-4, 6-1 and will square off against another Frenchman, wild card holder Roger-Vasselin in Nice semi-finals.
The latter eliminated third seed American Querrey whom he had met for the first time in his career. The 20th-ranked US player got off to a better start as he seized the opener after breaking the Frenchman two times in a row at the end of the set. Since serving let nothing to be desired in the second set, the outcome would be decided after a tie-break lottery – the domestic player won it with ease and forced a decider. The momentum was on Roger-Vasselin’s side now and he used it well as he stormed through the final set, claiming a couple of breaks en route. He was serving for a semifinal ticket at 5-1 and obtained it after tucking away the first match ball. The result: 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 after almost two hours of play.
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