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Berdych, Simon post Monte Carlo upsets

April 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN, France, April 20 (UPI) -- Tomas Berdych and Gilles Simon posted upsets Friday that earned them semifinal slots against the world top two players at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

Berdych, seeded sixth, defeated third-seeded Andy Murray 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3 and moved into Saturday's semifinals against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Simon, the No. 9 seed, ousted fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 6-4 and will face No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal, who is looking for an eighth consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title, in the next round.

Berdych faced just one break point against Murray while winning 5-of-16 break opportunities. Even though he lost his serve once, Berdych won 72 percent of the points on serve.

Simon also had five breaks versus Tsonga. He had two in building a 3-0 lead in the first set and added another in the 11th game of the first set. He fell behind 0-3 in the second but won six of the last seven games to advance.

Nadal notched his 40th consecutive match victory at the event with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal took 74 percent of the points when serving.

Djokovic defeated Robin Haase 6-4, 6-2 despite having his serve broken four times. However, he finished with seven breaks in the nine games Haase served.

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