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Gasquet Closes In On Eastbourne Final

Eastbourne, Great Britain

Gasquet© AFP/Getty ImagesRichard Gasquet is one match win away from reaching his 22nd ATP World Tour final.

Richard Gasquet is one match win away from reaching his 22nd ATP World Tour final.

The World No. 14 booked a place in the Aegon International semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Martin Klizan, who has risen from No. 108 to No. 57 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since the start of the season. The match lasted 69 minutes.

“I have won two good matches,” said Gasquet. “[Bernard] Tomic and Klizan are good players. I served well [and] I could play with power. It's a good start of the week for me.”

Gasquet, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday, has lifted 10 ATP World Tour trophies in his career. He has picked up two grass-court crowns in 2005 (d. Mirnyi) and 2006 (d. Bjorkman), when the event was held in Nottingham. Gasquet will now play Denis Istomin.

Klizan drops to an 18-6 record on the season, which includes a title run at the BMW Open by FWU AG in Munch (d. Fognini). The Slovakian won 23 of his 27 first-service points against Gasquet.

Istomin lost six of his first service points in a 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Sam Querrey, the 2010 titlist at The Queen’s Club, hit 16 aces to account for Roger-Vasselin’s doubles partner, Julien Benneteau, 7-6(5), 6-4. He will now play defending champion and third seed Feliciano Lopez or Jeremy Chardy, who is attempting to record the 150th match win of his career.

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