Federer looks to book spot in semis at French Open

Jun 5, 2007 - 7:45 AM PARIS (Ticker) -- Roger Federer looks to take another step toward the title at the only Grand slam title that has eluded him Tuesday at the French Open.

To top seed from Switzerland, Federer faces no. 9 Tommy Robredo in one of two men's quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

The runner-up here last year, Federer has yet to drop a set in four matches thus far. He is coming off a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round.

Robredo is making his third appearance in the quarterfinals here and has yet to advance past this stage.

A quarterfinalist at the Australian Open earlier this season, Robredo has also been impressive in his first four matches. He has yet to drop a set and set up the encounter with Federer with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Filippo Volandri in the fourth round.

The other quarterfinal is a matchup between No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko and 19th-seeded Guillermo Canas.

Davydenko, a semifinalist in 2005 who has been expected to challenge reigning champion Rafael Nadal and Federer for the title this year, won a highly entertaining battle with David Nalbandian 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the fourth round.

Canas, twice a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros, advanced to the last eight with a comfortable 6-0, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Juan Monaco.

Canas is playing in his first Grand Slam tournament in two years, having returned in September 2006 from a 15-month doping suspension.






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