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Davydenko advances to semis in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2 Friday to set up a semifinal match with Robin Soderling at the AMN Amro tournament.

Third-seeded Soderling powered past Julien Benneteau 6-0, 6-1.

After Soderling claimed the first set in 18 minutes, Benneteau won his first service game. But he couldn't recover as the Swede converted all five break-point chances before wrapping up the rout in just over an hour.

Soderling lost the 2008 final to Michael Llodra.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals after his quarterfinal opponent Florian Mayer withdrew with a left-leg injury.

Djokovic will play either Gael Monfils or 2007 champion Mikhail Youzhny, who play later Friday.