Andy Roddick in Lyon semifinals

Top seeded Andy Roddick and three Frenchmen qualified Friday for the semifinals of the Lyon Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Lyon, France :Top seeded Andy Roddick and three Frenchmen qualified Friday for the semifinals of the Lyon Grand Prix. The American topped Croatia's Mario Ancic 6-4, 6-4, and will face Fabrice Santoro in the semifinals. The Frenchman ousted Vincent Spadea of the United States 6-2, 6-2 earlier in the day. After facing a string of big servers like Ancic, Roddick said Saturday's match up against Santoro will require him to adjust his game against the artistry of the French veteran. "It is going to be a totally different match tomorrow than what I've played this week. I've played a bunch of big servers," Roddick said. "Tomorrow it's kinda the opposite." "You gotta be aggressive. I'm not as talented as Fabrice. I'm not as artistic as Fabrice. He can put the ball on a point, it seems like," he said. "The one thing I have is that I'm more powerful." All-French game The other semifinal features an all-French clash between Sebastien Grosjean and Gael Monfils. Grosjean beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (4) while Monfils won 6-4, 6-1 over countryman Marc Gicquel. Monfils served nine aces in eliminating Gicquel, playing in his first ATP quarterfinal, in 67 minutes. "He really started out unbelievably to lead 4-1, but I knew that my shots were going too short and that I had to start hitting deeper which I managed to do,'' Monfils said. "From then on I think I returned well, had some good passing shots and it's good to get through in straight sets." Grosjean had 16 aces in his quarterfinal victory, and advanced to his first meeting against his 19-year-old countryman. "It's a great victory for me,'' Grosjean said. " (Rochus) had a great 2005 year, and as I said he's a very dangerous player on hard surfaces." (AP)

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