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  • Munich - Davydenko, Mayer reach semifinal

    4/29/11 8:05 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Munich - Davydenko, Mayer reach semifinal Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko advanced to the final four at the BMW Open on Friday, having upended 2010 finalist Marin Cilic. The Russian is joined by fifth seed Florian Mayer, who took out Grigor Dimitrov.

    (7) Nikolay Davydenko def. (3) Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3

    Seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko is through to the semifinal by virtue of his straight-set victory over third seed Marin Cilic late Friday. The 29-year-old Russian saved six of 7 break point chances through an hour and 49 minutes of play. With the quarterfinal-round win, Davydenko made his first semifinal since Doha, where he finished runner-up to World No. 3 Roger Federer.

    He will face off against veteran Radek Stepanek for a place in the championship final. The Czech ousted eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinal, 6-4, 6-0.

    (5) Florian Mayer def. Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4

    Fifth seed Florian Mayer made the final four, following his three-set win against Grigor Dimitrov. The 27-year-old German fought off nine of 12 break points, en route to a 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 success in two hours and 23 minutes. After winning the second set, the Bulgarian had four chances to break serve in the decider, but was unable to convert.

    “It was a really tough match and a really good match. I think Dimitrov played really tough and I was just the lucky man today who won," Mayer said, post-victory. "He’s 19-years-old and he has a really good serve, forehand and backhand; I think he will be in the Top 20 very soon.”

    Mayer is slated to take on fellow German Philipp Petzschner in the semifinal. Petzschner defeated Potito Starace in the quarterfinal, 7-6(3), 7-6(6).

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