Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon keep the French hopes going in Marseille



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Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon keep the French hopes going in Marseille

Tennis: The French hopes are still alive at the Open 13 ATP Tournament in Marseille, as Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon reached the semifinals, but the second seed Stanislas Wawrinka was ousted in the Quarterfinals by Sergiy Stakhovsky. World No.7 Wawrinka, who won the title in Rotterdam last week and had two out of three tournaments he played this year, faced the world No.59 Stakhovsky.

Wawrinka had beaten the Ukrainian in their only previous meeting in the 2012 US Open. In every set there was only one break of serve which made the difference. In the second set Wawrinka got that break, but in the first and the third set Stakhovsky got them to register a victory in 3 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Simone Bolelli, who had stunned the top seed Milos Raonic in the previous round, could not do much against the seventh seed Gael Monfils, as the Frenchman won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

Simon also joined Monfils in the semifinals with a 7-5, 7-6 (6) win over his compatriot Jeremy Chardy. Fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the highest ranked player to reach the semifinals, as he got past Dominic Thiem in straight sets 7-6 (7).

6-3. It will be Bautista Agut vs Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon vs Sergiy Stakhovsky in the semifinals. Also Read: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon go through to Quarterfinals in Marseille Also Read: Milos Raonic shows that he is not ready to win a Grand Slam yet