Nadal, Federer, Djokovic reach Madrid semifinals

MADRID: Federer beat Andy Roddick again, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1 while Nadal stayed perfect against Fernando Verdasco with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Defending champion Andy Murray lost to fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (4), 6-3 for the first time in four meetings. Novak Djokovic will get a fourth shot at beating Nadal this year after dispatching wild card Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4.

Top-ranked Dinara Safina advanced to the women''s last four with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alona Bondarenko, and will play Patty Schnyder, who beat fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (6), 6-3. Amelie Mauresmo will face Caroline Wozniacki in the other semi.

Mauresmo rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win over Agnes Szavay, and will meet for the first time Wozniacki, the only other seeded player to advance after the No. 9 beat qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-4.