Ljubicic powers into French Open semi-final
PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) Big-serving Ivan Ljubicic powered into his first grand slam semi-final when he ended French hope Julien Benneteau's run at the French Open with a clinical 6-2 6-2 6-3 win today.
The Croatian fourth seed will face defending champion Rafael Nadal for a place in the final.
Benneteau, whose main ambition was to keep the ball in play, held serve for the first time when he levelled at 2-2 in the second set, only for Ljubicic to win the next four games and seal a two-set lead.
The Croatian decisively broke to love for 4-2 in the decider when Benneteau double-faulted, before wrapping up the match after two hours 14 minutes.
The result means it will be the first time since 1985 that the French Open semi-finals will feature all four top seeds.
Spain's Nadal reached the last four after Serbian Novak Djokovic pulled out of their quarter-final with a back injury when two sets to love down.
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