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Roddick sets up Hewitt semifinal

TOP seed Andy Roddick outslugged fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan (RMK) Championships in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday.

In a battle between two booming servers, Roddick was broken just once while his opponent surrendered serve four times, which proved to be the difference.

Roddick will now face Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who beat Belgian Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-3 in their quarterfinal match.

"Lleyton's always tough and I know he's ready to get back toward the top of the rankings," Roddick told reporters. "He just knows how to win tennis matches. He will be a tough one."

Roddick is bidding to win his second title in nine appearances at the Memphis tournament after lifting the trophy in 2002.

"I would love to do it," the American said. "I've played well this year but don't have a win to show for it."

Radek Stepanek also advanced to the last four with an upset 7-6 (9), 6-4 victory over Argentine second seed Juan Martin del Potro.

The in-form Czech is gunning for back-to-back titles having won in San Jose last week, and his next opponent will be Israel's Dudi Sela, who beat Russian Igor Kunitsyn 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

In Marseille, three Frenchmen stand in the way of top-seeded Novak Djokovic's bid for the Open 13 title.

Djokovic beat Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to land a semifinal with fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who won the Johannesburg title two weeks ago.

The other semi features second-seeded Gilles Simon, the 2007 champion, against unseeded Michael Llodra.

Djokovic lost in Marseille in the first round in 2007 and in the second round last year to Simon, but was favored to pick up his 12th career title here.

"I haven't got a lot of success in the last two years here," Djokovic said. "But this year, everything is going well."

A Frenchman has won the indoor title only four times, but twice in the last three years. Tsonga leads Djokovic 3-1 in head-to-heads.

Tsonga defeated eighth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4, hitting 18 aces to 11 and breaking Lopez three times while not giving away a break chance.

Simon beat Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-4 in an all-French quarterfinal, nailing three of 10 break points without losing his own serve.

Llodra was unseeded but had a 2-0 record against Simon.

Llodra, who won two of his three career titles last year, edged Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3).


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