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Gilles Simon ousted in quarterfinals

Updated: April 8, 2011, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Gilles Simon, playing his first tournament since a neck injury forced him to quit a match against Roger Federer last month, lost to Italy's Potito Starace 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.

Also advancing to the semifinals of this clay-court tuneup for the French Open were top-seeded Albert Montanes and Pablo Andujar, both of Spain, and eighth-seeded Victor Hanescu of Romania.

Simon, seeded third, served four double-faults ...

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