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Ljubicic ousted by Ancic in Marseille quarters

MARSEILLE, France -- Mario Ancic had 17 aces in a 7-6 (2),
3-6, 6-3 win over second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic on Friday, advancing
to the semifinals of the Open 13.
The sixth-seeded Ancic saved a break point in the final game,
and converted his first match point to win in 2 hours, 16 minutes.
It marked his first career win over Ljubicic, a fellow Croatian and
last year's runner-up.
It's always tough to play a friend but apart from that, I
consider Ivan to be probably the best player, behind [Roger]
Federer, since the indoor season last year, Ancic said. It's a
great win and great for my confidence.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-5,
6-4 to advance.
Nadal, playing in his first tournament since injuring his ankle
while winning the Madrid Masters last October, saved all six break
points he faced.
Today was my best match of the week, he said. I took the
chances that I had and served very well when I needed to.
Physically I feel stronger and stronger so I think I'm on the
right track.
Nadal next faces Arnaud Clement, a wild card who reached his
first tour semifinal since the 2004 event in Marseille.
Clement outlasted Fabrice Santoro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in an
all-French quarterfinal. His 10th ace finished off Santoro in 2:42,
much sooner than their 2004 French Open epic that Santoro won in
6:33, the Open era record.
We both have very physical games and it is tight each time,
Clement said. I'm delighted that it swung my way.
Eighth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean, the 2001 finalist, defeated
Russian Evgeny Korolev 7-6 (4), 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal with
Ancic.