Saturday, November 3, 2012

Querrey falls to Frenchman in Paris quarterfinals

   Unseeded Sam Querrey could not sustain his momentum in the BNP Paribas Masters.
   Querrey, a 25-year-old San Francisco native and part-time member of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis this year, lost to 32-year-old French wild card Michael Llodra 7-6 (4), 6-3 Friday in the quarterfinals in Paris, Llodra's hometown.
   Querrey, who fell to 0-2 lifetime against Llodra, had knocked off second-seeded Novak Djokovic in the second round and 14th-seeded Milos Raonic in the third round.
   There could be an all-French final for the first time since the tournament began in 1968, although the odds are against it. 
   Unseeded Gilles Simon of France will face qualifier Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the first semifinal today at 2:30 p.m. Paris time (6:30 a.m. in California), followed by Llodra, a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion, against fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain not before 5 p.m. (9 a.m. in California). Tennis Channel will televise both matches live and repeat them from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. PDT.
   The 6-foot-8 (203-centimeter) Janowicz, 21, has ousted four consecutive top-20 players: No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 3 Andy Murray of Great Britain and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.
   The BNP Paribas Masters final has featured at least one French player for the past four years. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the last one to win it, in 2008. Gael Monfils was the runner-up the following two years, and Tsonga lost to Roger Federer in last year's final.
   Federer withdrew from this year's tournament to rest nagging injuries before next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London. The field consists of the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams of the year.

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