Montpellier, France (Sports Network) - Second seed Janko Tipsarevic lost to
French crowd favorite Michael Llodra in Thursday's second-round action
at the Open Sud de France tennis event.
The left-handed Llodra took out the Serbian star Tipsarevic 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on
the indoor hardcourts at Montpellier's Park & Suites Arena. Llodra was a
runner-up at this event in 2009 when it was held in Lyon.
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon avoided an upset by handling
Spanish qualifier Arnau Brugues-Davi 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Simon will battle eighth-
seeded rising fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire in Friday's quarterfinals.
Also on Day 3, Czech Jan Hajek bounced seventh-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki
6-0, 4-2, retired, and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky overcame Japan's Tatsuma
Ito 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Hajek's quarterfinal opponent will be Llodra,
while Stakhovsky will face Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen in the round of
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