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|Monfils Beats Gasquet to Reach U.S. Open Quarters
|NEW YORK (AP) -- Gael Monfils beat countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 Monday to give France its first U.S. Open quarterfinalist in a decade.
The 17th seeded Monfils had never advanced past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament other than the French Open. He reached the semifinals there in 2008.
Gasquet, ranked 38th, upset sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the second round. The former top 10 player missed more than two months last year after testing positive for cocaine. He successfully appealed, saying the drug inadvertently entered his system when he kissed a woman at a nightclub. This was his first fourth round match at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008.
Gasquet had a chance to serve out the third set at 5-3, but Monfils broke back. He ended the match with his 14th ace.
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