Ljubicic to battle wild card Llodra for Lyon title
The 30-year-old Ljubicic will try to end a title drought of more than two years when he faces wild card entrant
Ljubicic, who won the first of his eight
“I’ve been playing really good tennis recently and I hope I can continue like this until the end of the season,” Ljubicic said.
The Croatian big server broke Clement in the first game with a forehand winner before taking the Frenchman’s serve a second time to lead 4-1. Ljubicic then took the set with his sixth ace.
In the first game of the second set, Ljubicic went ahead on his fourth break point when Clement sent a forehand in the net.
Ljubicic didn’t face a single break point and closed out the game on his first match point when Clement sent a forehand wide.
“My serve was not as good as the other days, but I felt pretty good on court,” said Ljubicic, who dropped his serve only once this week. “For me it was the perfect match.”
Clement, who won the title in Lyon in 2000, looked a bit tired after spending nearly three hours on court in Friday’s quarterfinal win over top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but didn’t try to find any excuse.
“He was far better than me,” Clement said. “The score reflects the reality of this match. He played very well and I made more mistakes than yesterday.”
Llodra served 24 aces and broke his opponent once on his way to his victory over Simon.
Llodra extended his perfect record against Simon to 4-0 and guaranteed a Frenchman in the final for the fifth year in a row.
Simon, who has a slight chance of qualifying for next month’s eight-man