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Tsonga's Paris Masters bid ends in defeat to Ferrer

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-11-02

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was knocked out of the Paris Masters on Friday after losing his quarterfinal tie in straight sets to Spain's David Ferrer. Frenchman Gilles Simon made it through to the semi-finals after beating Czech Tomas Berdych.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain moved closer to his first Masters title after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-2, 7-5 in the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Friday, while Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz continued his remarkable run by eliminating No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic.

Ferrer did not face a single breakpoint against Tsonga, the 2008 champion, breaking him three times in the match. The sixth-seeded Tsonga saved two match points before hitting a loose forehand wide.

Ferrer’s semifinal opponent will be the winner of Friday’s late match between Frenchman Michael Llodra and big-serving American Sam Querrey, neither of whom are seeded.

Earlier, Janowicz was leading 3-6, 6-1, 4-1 against eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic when the Serbian retired.

Janowicz saved one match point in his third-round win against Britain’s Andy Murray on Thursday and had broken Tipsarevic for the second time in the third set when the Serb called for a trainer.

Tipsarevic continued for a few moments more, and Janowicz was 40-0 up on his serve when Tipsarevic waved his racket to indicate he was stopping, drawing jeers from the crowd at the Bercy indoor arena.

There were huge cheers for the 21-year-old Janowicz.

“It’s really not easy for me to realize actually what is going on in my life right now,” Janowicz said. “I did something magical. I just played really like I can put every single ball in, and I’m in semifinal ... my family was crying after yesterday’s match and after today’s match.”

Organizers said that Tipsarevic, who qualified on Thursday for the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next week, started feeling fatigued at the end of the first set.

“I didn’t realize there is something wrong with him,” Janowicz said. “He was basically playing the same tennis like in the first set ... maybe he was dizzy or had headache or whatever.”

The 69th-ranked Janowicz faces Gilles Simon, who is also unseeded, in the semifinals. The Frenchman earlier beat fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

“I will play against French guy, but mentally I’m a really tough guy,” Janowicz said. “I remember in my match against Andy Murray in Great Britain during Davis Cup three years ago, whole crowd was against me, over 5,000 people. I didn’t really care.”

(AP)

Date created : 2012-11-02

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