Clement’s the Lyon king
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:54
Clement fought back from a set down to eventually clinch a near three-hour marathon 5-7 6-4 7-6 (10/8) to reach a semi-final against Ivan Ljubicic.
He led the final-set tie-break 5-1 at one stage but ended up having to save a match-point, before finishing off Tsonga with his own third opportunity to do so.
Clement’s fellow French wild card Michael Llodra also progressed into the last four, coming through his quarter-final against compatriot Marc Gicquel in straight sets but with little to spare – 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
He will face second seed Gilles Simon, who won another Gallic encounter in similar style against Julien Benneteau – 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.
Croatia’s third seed Ljubicic is the only man who can stop a home winner of the tournament, having also gone through in straight sets today after an initial tie-break against Florent Senna.