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Nadal extended by Tsonga in Rotterdam quarters

 Mario Ancic returns the ball to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the quarterfinale at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY stadium in Rotterdam, The Ne...
 Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball to Marc Gicquel of France in the quarterfinals at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY stadium in Rotterdam...
 Jo- Wilfried Tsonga of France reacts during the match against Rafael Nadal from Spain in the quarter-finals at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY...

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Mario Ancic returns the ball to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the quarterfinale at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY stadium in Rotterdam, The Ne...

NETHERLANDS ABN AMRO TENNIS

Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball to Marc Gicquel of France in the quarterfinals at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY stadium in Rotterdam...

NETHERLANDS ABN AMRO TENNIS

Jo- Wilfried Tsonga of France reacts during the match against Rafael Nadal from Spain in the quarter-finals at the ABN Amro tennis tournament at AHOY...

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal withstood 26 aces from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 and earn a semifinals berth at the ABN Amro on Friday.
Despite Tsonga's flurry of aces, Nadal had the only break chances in the first and second sets. He nailed one chance in the first, and missed two in the second, losing the set in a tiebreaker.
Nadal jumped 2-0 ahead in the third set, and while he finally lost a serve, he couldn't be caught in a match which lasted 2 hours, 41 minutes.
"Tsonga has an unbelievable good service. It was really heavy," Nadal said.
He will meet Gael Monfils or Julien Benneteau, who met late Friday in an all-French quarterfinal.
Earlier, second-seeded Andy Murray advanced after Marc Gicquel of France retired with a thigh injury with the Scot leading 7-6 (2), 4-6, 3-0.
Murray will meet unseeded Mario Ancic in the last four after the Croat won 6-4, 6-2 win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Gicquel, a lucky loser as a last-minute replacement for injured Swede Robin Soderling, matched Murray shot for shot through the first two sets but called for the physio and had his left thigh bandaged after the ninth game of the second set.
The Frenchman still managed to break Murray to take the set, but the Scot immediately broke him twice in the third before Gicquel gave up.
"It's never good to end a match like this," Murray said. "It was a good match with lots of chances. I was very pleased with my service."
Ancic, the runner-up last week in Zagreb, Croatia, reached the ABN Amro final in 2005 and won the Den Bosch tournament on grass in 2005 and 2006.
"I wish I could play in the Netherlands every week," he said. "My results here are great."


Updated : 2021-10-16 04:18 GMT+08:00