The seventh-seeded Ljubicic, the 2005 runner-up in Marseille, held off French
wild card Florent Serra 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais
An upset came when Flavio Cipolla took out eighth-seeded fellow Italian
Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while one other result saw France's Edouard
Roger-Vasselin vault past Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
This week's top seeds are 2009 Marseille champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France
and American star Mardy Fish.
Swede Robin Soderling, who is not defending his title this week, topped Croat
Marin Cilic in last year's finale.
The newest Marseille champion will collect $120,000.