Gasquet, Nieminen reach semis in Montpellier
Benneteau, seeded sixth, needed treatment on his back early in the third set and was clearly impeded afterward. He barely moved in trying to reach Gasquet's passing shot down the line on match point.
Llodra hit 11 aces in a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win against Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, sealing the victory with a volley at the net. Paire beat fourth-seeded Gilles Simon 7-5, 7-6 (4) in another all-French match.
"It's not easy to play a friend, we were both very tense on the court," said Paire, who also made his second semifinal this year after reaching the last four in Chennai, India. "I'm happy that I managed to stay focused on my match."
Simon broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead but Paire broke straight back and saved a break point in the next game before taking control. He opened a 5-2 lead in the second set.
Serving for match, Paire double-faulted and Simon forced a tiebreaker. Paire converted his second match point when he hit a two-handed backhand into Simon's feet.
"Benoit's aggressive on second serve," Simon said. "He had a lot of opportunities on my second serve and hurt me with that."
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