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Monaco exits Lyon as Frenchmen flourish

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:54

French wildcard Michael Llodra was on fine form as he beat the fourth-seeded Argentinean 6-3 6-4, joining the top two seeds in the last eight.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the top seed, beat Belgium’s Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-2, while Gilles Simon was a 6-1 6-2 winner over compatriot David Guez.

The sixth and seventh seeds did fall, however, in the shape of Paul-Henri Mathieu, who lost 6-4 6-0 to another Frenchman, Marc Gicquel, and Germany’s Benjamin Becker, who fell 6-4 6-3 at the hands of French wildcard Arnaud Clement.

Third seed Ivan Ljubicic beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-3 3-6 6-3.

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