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Seeds advance to semis

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:51

Top seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia cruised past fifth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 to secure a last-four meeting with Sweden’s Robin Soderling.

The French Open finalist, seeded third in the Malaysian capital, was a 6-2 6-2 winner against sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.

The semi-final encounter will be a re-match of the US Open fourth-round clash between the pair, which saw Davydenko retire with a leg injury last month.

Saturday’s second semi pits Fernando Verdasco against Fernando Gonzalez.

Verdasco, the second seed from Spain, overcame Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4 today while fourth-seeded Chilean Gonzalez prevailed 6-3 6-4 against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.

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