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Andy Ram and Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy advanced to the semifinals of the French Open mixed doubles tournament on Tuesday, defeating number two seeds Liezel Huber and Kevin Ullyett 7-6 (5), 6-2.
The Israeli/French duo, seeded eighth in the event, will face Tiantian Sun and Julian Knowle in the semis on Wednesday.
Ram is looking to claim a second career Grand Slam title after winning the 2006 Wimbledon mixed doubles with Russian Vera Zvonareva.
Ram and Dechy got the first break of the match in the fourth game and opened a 4-1 lead after holding serve in the subsequent game. Three consecutive games for Huber and Ullyett tied the score (4-4) and the first set would be determined on a tiebreak.
After claiming five of the first six points of the breaker the Israeli/French team seemed to be on its way to winning the first set, but Huber and Ullyett took four of the following five points, saving two set points.
Ram and Dechy did however finally clinch the set in the third time of asking and grabbed an important lead.
After splitting the first four games of the second set, Ram and Dechy surged ahead, reeling off four straight games and booking their place in the last four.
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