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Teen leads winners at French tennis event

Oct. 3, 2008 at 9:04 PM   |   Comments

METZ, France, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Unheralded Adrian Mannarino was among Friday's quarterfinal winners at the $540,000 Open de Moselle tennis tournament in Metz, France.

The 19-year-old Mannarino -- a native of Soizy, France, and the world's 181st-ranked player -- beat fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in a match watched by a divided crowd on the indoor hard court at Metz's Les Arenes.

France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, the fourth seed, downed unseeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; fifth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, a four-time champion at this tournament, beat former world No. 1 Carlos Moya of Spain 6-3, 6-3; and seventh-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic rallied to beat unseeded Eduardo Schwank of Argentina 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

In Saturday's semifinals, Mathieu faces Mannarino and Tursunov plays Stepanek.

The eventual champion will earn $85,000 for winning Sunday's title match.

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