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Moodie makes semi-finals

South Africa’s Wesley Moodie and Belgian teammate Dick Norman blasted into the French Open semi-finals in Paris on Tuesday.

Beaten finalists at Roland Garros last year, the duo accounted for the Spanish combination of Marc Lopez and Pere Riba in Tuesday’s quarter-finalists.

The score was a relatively straightforward 6-1 6-4 and the fourth seeds now come up against second seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia in what should be a far tougher contest in the semi-final.

Nestor and Zimonjic beat the sixth seeded Polish/Austrian duo of Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach 7-5 6-3.

Surprise package Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares’ run came to an end on Tuesday. Earlier in the tournament the Brazilians had beaten top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan but on this occasion they went down to Austria’s Julian Knowle and Andy Ram of Israel 6-7 6-2 6-0.

In the other quarter-final, third seeds Lukas Dlouhy (Cze) and Leander Paes (Ind) beat the eight seeded duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-1 6-3.

Moodie won the doubles title at Wimbledon in 2005 and will be looking to go all the way on the red clay of Roland Garros this week.


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