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Gasquet, Nieminen reach semis in Montpellier

Updated: February 8, 2013, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTPELLIER, France -- Richard Gasquet of France beat ailing countryman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 at the Open Sud de France on Friday to reach his second semifinal of the season.

Gasquet, seeded third, will next play Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, who advanced to the last four with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Benneteau, seeded sixth, needed treatment on his back early in the third set and was clearly impeded afterward. He barely moved in trying ...

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