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Ferrer Stays On Course; To Face Llodra In Paris SFs

Paris, France

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is bidding to reach his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

World No. 5 David Ferrer stayed on course to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Masters as he defeated 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 in Friday’s quarter-finals. Both Ferrer and Tsonga will appear at next week’s season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

In the pair’s third meeting, the fourth-seeded Ferrer did not face a break point and broke Tsonga three times from nine opportunities to claim victory in 80 minutes. Tsonga won his lone Masters 1000 title in Paris four years ago (d. Nalbandian) and finished runner-up to Roger Federer in the final last year.

The 30-year-old Ferrer is on an eight-match winning streak, coming off his sixth ATP World Tour title of the season at the Valencia Open 500 (d. Dolgopolov). The right-hander claimed his 70th match win of the season (70-14 record).

For a place in his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, Ferrer will face Michael Llodra. Ferrer has won their two previous meetings, both coming on hard courts in 2010.

Llodra defeated Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 6-3 in 79 minutes to reach the semi-finals at the event for the second time in three years. The wild card fired 13 aces and saved all five break points he faced. The Frenchman is yet to drop serve in his four victories this week. Querrey had stunned World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Prior to this week, Llodra had not won back-to-back tour-level matches since his runner-up finish to Juan Martin del Potro at the Open 13 in Marseille. Llodra avenged the loss by upsetting del Potro in the third round. 

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