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Tennis: Federer, Davydenko Reach Semifinals of Hamburg Masters


Defending champion and world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland has reached the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters tennis tournament in Germany.

Federer, the top seed, ousted 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria of Argentina in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. The Swiss player next faces 15th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, a straight-set winner over Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-6, 6-4.

The other semifinal has French teenager Richard Gasquet facing Christophe Rochus of Belgium. Gasquet, one of only two players to beat Roger Federer this year, scored a straight-set win over Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-1, 6-2.

Rochus, who ousted French Open winner Gaston Gaudio from the event Thursday, rallied from a first-set loss to beat Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in three sets 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

The clay-court tournament is one of several events that players are using to prepare for this month's French Open in Paris.

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