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Djokovic, Grosjean, Melzer, Gicquel reach Metz semis

Djokovic, Grosjean, Melzer, Gicquel reach Metz semis

Third-seeded Novak Djokovic had his eye on a second title this year after dispatching German qualifier Tobias Clemens 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Open de Moselle semifinals on Friday.
Djokovic, the only seed to make the last eight, will play Sebastien Grosjean on Saturday, and local wild card Marc Gicquel faces Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
It took less than an hour for Djokovic to win his quarterfinal and be on the brink of breaking into the top 20 from No. 22. During a breakthrough summer, the 19-year-old Serb reached the French Open quarterfinals, Wimbledon's fourth round, won his debut title at Amersfoort, Netherlands and lost in the final the next week in Umag, Croatia.
Grosjean won their only previous encounter at Wimbledon last year.
The Frenchman defeated doubles partner Arnaud Clement 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to slip into his first semifinals since February. Since Wimbledon, Grosjean has won only five matches, and three of them were this week.
Melzer won his ninth successive match in beating Mardy Fish of the United States 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.
After the U.S., Open, the Austrian won his first career title at Bucharest then had a win in a Davis Cup victory against Mexico.
Gicquel will appear in his first career semifinals after defeating countryman Florent Serra 6-4, 7-5.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:04 GMT+08:00