Almagro to face Simon in Nice semis

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Defending champion Nicolas Almagro will play against the Frenchman Gilles Simon for the final spot at the Nice Open.

Spanish 3rd seed Almagro overcame Belgian Steve Darcis in straight sets 6-4  6-4 and no.2 seed Gilles Simon of France eliminated Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7-5  6-0 to book his place in the semifinals.

Simon, who won the title at this year’s Bucharest Open, did not face a single break point as he sailed to victory in 1 hour and 32 minutes.

In the other semifinal, American qualifier Brian Baker will meet Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko.



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