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Japanese wild card, Nieminen ease into semis; Ancic withdraws

Updated: October 10, 2008, 7:50 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Japanese wild card Kei Nishikori, ailing with a sore throat and aching knee, reached the Stockholm Open semifinals Friday when second-seeded Mario Ancic withdrew because of fever.

"I wanted to play the match somehow," Nishikori said. "Now I've got a day to rest and I'm sure I can play. It's the semifinals. It's big for me."

The 18-year-old Nishikori will play Robin Soderling on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Soderling, the last Swede in the main ...

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