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Federer, Nadal favorites to advance to final

The top two seeds, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are the favorites to advance to the French Open final. However, each face a tricky semifinal opponent.

Updated: June 7, 2007, 5:59 PM ET

MEN'S SEMIFINALS PREVIEW

By Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com

No. 1 Roger Federer vs. 4. Nikolay Davydenko Ostensibly this looks like a mismatch all around. Federer has played and defeated Davydenko in all eight of their career encounters.

Their last was a straight-sets drubbing at the U.S. Open semifinals last year. Then in January at the Australian Open, Federer conceded a set but went on to win in four.

So why will this time be any different?

"Because I ...

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