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French final a bridge too far

Any hopes of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman making it two French Open tennis finals on the trot were ground  into the red Roland Garros clay on Friday.

Our Davis Cup star and his big Belgian team-mate were sent packing in the semi-final, going down in straight sets, 6-0 6-3, to the second-seeded Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonic.

One nasty statistic which Moodie and Norman will want to forget, and in a hurry, was the fact that this was the first time they had lost a set to love.

But SuperSport reported that Moodie gave full credit to the Canadian-Serbian duo who were “on song and are as tough as anyone to beat on the ATP circuit.”

Moodie and Norman also reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the ninth-ranked South African had expressed the hope they might be able to reverse that performance as well by reaching the final on the tradition-steeped grass courts in London.
Nestor and Zimonic, meanwhile, face third seeds Leander Paes of India and Czech Republic’s Lukas Dlouhy in the doubles final at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Coincidentally it was Paes and Dlouhy who edged out Moodie and Norman in the 2009 final.