Davydenko in Swedish Open semifinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Nicolas Massu in straight sets on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swedish Open.

Bastad, Sweden:

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Nicolas Massu in straight sets on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swedish Open. "I'm very happy to have reached my first semifinal in Bastad," Davydenko said. "It was difficult to control the ball because of the strong winds, but I still managed to play well." Davydenko won 6-4, 6-3 before a soldout center court crowd of nearly 7,000. In the semifinals, the Russian will play the winner of a quarterfinal later on Friday between Agustin Calleri of Argentina and Robin Soderling, the only Swede left in the clay-court event. Davydenko broke to lead 2-1 with a backhand return and that was all he needed to take the opening set. In the second set, he broke the Chilean 1-0 and then again to love for a 5-2 lead. This was the ninth quarterfinal of the year for the 25-year-old Davydenko, who has a career-best ATP ranking of No. 5. Davydenko also reached the quarterfinals here in 2002, but lost to Carlos Moya. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Sweden
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