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Nadal, Federer break into semis

Updated: January 7, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the Qatar Open semifinals Thursday.

Federer overcame strong-serving Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, and Nadal led Steve Darcis 6-1, 2-0 when the Belgian retired because of a back problems.

In the semifinals Friday, Federer will play third-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) winner over seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic.

Federer broke twice to take the first set with ease, but then hit two shots long in the 10th game of the ...

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