Federer chalks up 13th straight win over Nieminen
Roger Federer extended his perfect record against Jarkko
Nieminen with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win Friday to reach the semifinals at
the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.
The top-seeded Federer did not face a single break point in his
13th straight win over the Fin dating to 2002. The No. 3-ranked
Swiss will face Nikolay Davydenko, who dispatched fifth-seeded
Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3.
Davydenko, seeking his first title since winning at Munich last
May, already lost to Federer in the season-opening Qatar Open in
January and has won only two of his last 18 meetings against the
16-time Grand Slam champion.
Third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reached the
semifinals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over seventh-ranked Viktor Troicki
of Serbia. Del Potro will play second-seeded Tomas Berdych, who
ousted Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-4.