posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 01:20 PM
Stuttgart, Germany (Sports Network) - French Open champion Gaston Gaudio highlighted Friday's quarterfinal winners at the clay-court Mercedes Cup.
The second-seeded and former Stuttgart runner-up Gaudio grounded fifth-seeded Czech Jiri Novak 6-4, 6-3 to reach his third semifinal in three events.
Gaudio captured the French Open last month by stunning fellow Argentine Guillermo Coria in five sets in Paris, lost to countryman Mariano Zabaleta in
this past Monday's final at the Swedish Open and is a perfect 3-0 this week to improve to 14-1 in his last 15 outings.
The 2000 Stuttgart runner-up Gaudio will face 11th-seeded David Ferrer in Saturday's semifinals, after Ferrer stopped 14th-seeded fellow Spaniard
Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 at TC Weissenhof.
In other quarterfinal action, 15th-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko drubbed 12th-seeded and former Roland Garros titlist Albert Costa of Spain 6-3,
6-4 and Gaudio's fellow Argentine Guillermo Canas handled Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4. Davydenko and Canas will square off in Saturday's other semi.
Victories by the world No. 11 Gaudio and Canas on Day 6 would produce an all- Argentine final here. Canas was a back-to-back Stuttgart runner-up in
2001 and 2002, losing to Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten and Russian Mikhail Youzhny, respectively.
The winner of this $762,000 event will claim $130,000.
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