Grosjean fuels French hopes

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Sebastien Grosjean gives himself a fighting chance of becoming the first Frenchman to take the Wimbledon title since 1946 after sweeping past Robby Ginepri in three sets.

The 26-year-old, who boasts an outstanding record on grass over the past couple of seasons, beat Ginepri 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to set up a last-eight tie with the Wimbledon debutant Florian Mayer, of Germany.

"I am here to win the tournament, so I will see," said Grosjean, who knocked out Tim Henman in the quarter-finals last year before falling to Mark Philippoussis in the last four. As well as his success here, Grosjean has performed well at the last two Queen's tournaments, but losing to Andy Roddick in the final both times.

France is a country where clay-court tennis reigns, yet Grosjean has been able to adapt his game to grass easily.

"My serve is better than on clay," he said. "It's a little bit faster. I use more of the slice serve. I return well, so that's helped me a lot on grass." Yvon Petra beat Geoff Brown in the first final after the war but a Frenchman has not won since.

"I will be focused on my next match, and after I will see," Grosjean said.