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MONTPELLIER, France -- Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France was hardly troubled by countryman Albano Olivetti as he won 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to reach the Open Sud de France semifinals and stay on course to defend his title. John Tavares Jersey . Although Olivetti, a qualifier, had 13 aces, he failed to force a single break-point chance on Gasquets serve and lost his own three times. Gasquet next plays third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, who won had 18 aces in a 6-2, 6-4 win against seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France. "It was a tough match. I know Edouard very well from the Tour and I knew that I had to be very good on my serve and aggressive on my returns to have a chance," said Janowicz, who is 1-1 against Gasquet in their head-to-heads. "Gasquet will be a very difficult opponent. I know he is playing very, very well." No. 5 Gael Monfils of France advanced after beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-4 and next plays No. 6 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, who won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) win against Marc Gicquel of France. "I felt very good on the court today," said Monfils, who won the tournament four years ago and holds a 3-0 record against Nieminen. "I felt the ball really well and had a lot of fun today. As each day goes by, I am feeling better and better and raising my game." The 36-year-old Gicquel missed five break-point chances in the deciding set. Anthony Beauvillier Jersey . Beanballs were the theme Friday night as the Red Sox and Rays had another AL East rumble, with Boston earning a 3-2 victory on A. Jaroslav Halak Jersey . - Playing a road game against a division rival raises the intensity for linebacker Clay Matthews.Excerpts from eulogies delivered at Wednesdays funeral for Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau, who died last week at the age of 83.Dickie Moore, former Canadiens teammateIt is a tremendous honour to stand here for my teammate and my friend Jean Beliveau. What more can I say about Jean? Everyone has said so many wonderful words about him. Words like strength, dedication, devotion and elegance.Elise, Jean was so lucky to have you on his team beside him and supporting him through all the years.Me I was lucky. Lucky to have been with Jean for many glorious years with the Canadiens. Lucky to share many amazing moments together. Lucky to have him as a friend.What would you rather be, good or lucky? I was lucky. He was good. I will miss you Jean, a man I always looked up to. Im only five-foot-10.God bless you Jean, your teammate and friend forever.---Yvan Cournoyer, former Canadiens teammateToday, I would like to speak to you about Jean, my captain. I had the fortune to play with Jean my first eight years and to win my first Stanley Cup with him. Four more followed.In the dressing room I had the privilege to sit next to him. Heres a little anecdote. The first time I sat next to him, I realized his pads were a lot longer than mine. I quickly found out why when he got up.On the road, I roomed with him a lot and that allowed me to get to know him better and develop a very good friendship. Given the age difference between us, we developed almost a father-son relationship....Oh captain, my captain, bon voyage.---Serge Savard, former Canadiens teammateIn 1952, the Canadiens called up Jean and he played in three games. In the first game, he stole the show and scored three goals. Thats when the new No. 4 became my idol along with the Rocket and Doug Harvey.I would never have thought at the time that Jean Beliveau would become my teammate and that we would win three Stanley Cups together....Jean was a great leader. We would look toward him when times were difficult. After just a few seasons, his peers named him captain. Surprised and shaken up, he went to see Mr. Selke to turn down the captaincy. Mr. Selke told him he was the choice of the players and to return to the dressing room to fulfil his rolee as leader. Johnny Boychuk Jersey. And he did that throughout his career, winning 10 Stanley Cups and helping us be better players and better people, on and off the ice. You couldnt disappoint such a role model.A reporter asked him one day how hed like to be remembered and his answer was spontaneous. I want to be remembered as a good team player.---Ken Dryden, former Canadiens teammateEverybody everywhere in the country talked about him the same way. Jean Beliveau has class.Strange though it seems, its easy now to understate his playing career. Its easy to forget that the Canadiens werent always legendary. ... But in 1956, the Canadiens would win the first of five straight championships, and in the 19 years that followed, nine more, leaving every other team in our dust. In our ice chips.Yet it wasnt really until he retired in 1971 that he became truly special. He became an ambassador for the team, but one like no other.He was proud of being a Montreal Canadien, and proud of his sport. He was proud of being a Victoriavilleois and a Montrealer, proud of being a Quebecer, proud of being a Canadian. He believed in all of them, and he represented all of them wherever he went.He had other skills, he might have done other things. But he understood probably by very early in his life that his greatest impact wouldnt be as a corporate or political leader, but as Jean Beliveau. In doing what he did, in being who he was.---Geoff Molson, Canadiens ownerAll of us here today share something in common. Our admiration and our love for Jean Beliveau in so many ways.He was the first hockey player on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. And after he scored three goals in 44 seconds in a single power play, the National Hockey League changed its power-play rules.But he was more than a record breaker. He was the man whose footsteps our parents wanted us to follow. As little boys, we grew up wanting to be like him.He carried the torch high for six decades, and now its our turn, all of us, to hold it high in his memory.Perhaps the best way to do our friend Jean justice, and begin explaining his legacy to future generations, is quite simple. It is to say he was in a class of his own. 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