Simon out but Gasquet through

Third seed Richard Gasquet fought off a comeback from countryman Julien Benneteau to reach the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Frenchman Gasquet was pulled back to a set-all by Benneteau before pulling through 6-1 4-6 6-1 against the fifth seed.

Gasquet will take on Jerkko Nieminen of Finland for a place in the final after he battled past Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6 6-3 7-6.

There was a surprise in the bottom half of the draw as fourth seed Gilles Simon went out 7-5 7-6 to fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire.

The eighth seed will take on another home hope in Michael Llodra, who easily overcame Czech Jan Hajek 7-6 6-1.