Davydenko, Calleri, Mayer Into Sopot Semis
Posted on August 5, 2006
Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko will play No. 7 seed Filippo Volandri in the semifinals of the Orange Prokom Open on Saturday.
Davydenko beat Carlos Berlocq 6-0, 6-4 in one hour and 18 minutes, winning the first set in just 22 minutes -- conceding five points.
Berlocq, playing the third Top 10 player of his six-season professional career, had his serve broken in the fifth game of the second set.
That was enough for Davydenko, currently No. 6 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, to extend his match record to 42-20 for a place in his sixth ATP-level semifinal.
This season Davydenko has won the Poertschach title in May (d. Pavel) and finished runner-up in Bastad (l. to Ferrero) and Estoril (l. to Nalbandian).
Volandri knocked out Austrian Oliver Marach 6-2, 6-3 and will now look to back-up his Doha quarterfinal win over Davydenko in their fourth career meetings.
Buenos Aires finalist Volandri broke the Marach serve on seven of 19 opportunities for victory in 88 minutes.
In the bottom half of the draw, Germany's Florian Mayer will play Kitzbuhel champion Agustin Calleri for the first time in the semifinals.
Mayer knocked out fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4, 6-0 in 60 minutes, breaking the Argentine's serve four times.
Calleri, meanwhile, extended his winning streak to eight matches in beating Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-2. Przysiezny was the first Polish player for 20 years to reach an ATP-level quarterfinal (Wojtek Fibak at Rotterdam in 1986).