Djokovic, Frenchmen Into Metz Semis

Posted on October 7, 2006

Fast-rising Novak Djokovic will be joined by two Frenchman and an Austrian in the final four at the ATP stop in Metz, France.

The third-seeded Djokovic had little trouble is defeating Tobias Clemens 6-4, 6-1 Friday in 59 minutes to move into his fourth tour semifinal of the season where he'll face French veteran Sebastien Grosjean, who ousted good friend and doubles partner Arnaud Clement 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes.

Grosjean, who started the season reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and semis in Marseille, has been a bust the second half of the season, winning only two matches in four events since Wimbledon.

French wildcard Marc Gicquel moved into his first career ATP semifinal when he defeated countryman Florent Serra 6-4, 7-5.
For the effort the 28-year-old Gicquel will face Jurgen Melzer, who posted his ninth consecutive win by overcoming Mardy Fish 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.