Federer to Face Nalbandian in Men?s Semi Finals

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The World’s top-ranked tennis player Roger Federer will take on third-ranked David Nalbandian–an Argentinean of Armenian descent–in Friday’s semifinals after both players posted quarterfinal victories Tuesday at the 2006 French Open.

David Nalbandian ousted sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in four sets to progress to the French Open semi-finals for the second time in three years.

Nalbandian–24–beat Federer before–when he won the 2005 Masters Series event in Shanghai in 2005.

The 24 year old Federer needs the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam. The seven-time major titlist currently holds the Wimbledon–US Open–and Australian Open crowns and is trying to become the first man to hold all four Slams since Rod Laver in 1969. Only five men have won all four majors (Don Budge–Fred Perry–Roy Emerson–Laver–and Andre Agassi).

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