The world's top-ranked tennis players, men's No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland and women's No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo of France, have scored easy wins at the U. S. Open in New York.
Federer, a two-time defending champion at the event, ousted Frenchman Marc Gicquel in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals. Federer next plays fifth-seeded American James Blake, a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 winner over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam winner this year, reached the semifinals when she beat Dinara Safina in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Mauresmo will face the winner of the evening quarterfinal between third-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia and Tatiana Golovin of France.
But men's second-seed Rafael Nadal is out. Mikhail Youzhny of Russia defeated the Spaniard, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1. Youzhny will play either Andy Roddick of the United States or Lleyton Hewitt of Australia for a place in the final.
Also Wednesday, second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium beat 10th-seeded American Lindsay Davenport in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Her semifinal opponent will be Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
In men's play, two fourth round matches that were halted by rain Tuesday were completed. No. 7 seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia won six straight games to beat 17th-seeded Andy Murray of Britain in four sets (6-1, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0).
Also, Tommy Haas of Germany completed his match with a five-set win over 2000 champion Marat Safin of Russia, taking the decisive set in a tiebreaker (4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6).
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