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Safin, Moya in semifinals

MONACO, APRIL 23. Former Grand Slam winners Marat Safin and Carlos Moya both advanced to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.

But Tim Henman's hopes of reaching his second semifinals in three years, on the red clay courts overlooking the Mediterranean sea, ended with a resounding 3-6, 1-6 loss to Rainer Schuettler.

Safin, the U.S. Open winner in 2000, beat Spaniard Alberto Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and 1998 French Open champion Moya overcame Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Despite the win, Safin was annoyed at how he let the match slip in the second set. "I had the match in control and broke in the first game of the second set," the Russian said. "But then maybe I was going for too much and I tried to rush things a little bit. That's nature taking over."

Safin, who finished runner-up at Estoril, Portugal, last weekend, feels playing on clay cramps his natural game. "You cannot make winners all over the court because it's a little bit slower, the bounce is a little bit higher," Safin said. "The serve doesn't work the way I like it on the hard courts."

Spain's Moya, seeded fifth, rarely looked troubled against Davydenko, and stayed on track for his third title of the year following wins in Chennai, India, and Acapulco, Mexico.

However, Britain's Henman struggled from the outset against Schuettler, who had won just two ATP tour matches coming into the tournament.

The powerful German hit 21 winners compared to 12 for Henman and made only eight unforced errors against 22. "Every credit to him," Henman said. "He's had a rough start to the year, but it didn't show today. I needed to be at the top of my game to beat him, but it didn't work out that way."

Henman, who reached the semifinal stage two years ago and is pencilled in for a doubles semifinal on Saturday, said playing too much tennis over the last few days stiffened up his right shoulder. He had an operation on it 18 months ago.

"The 16 sets I've played over the last four days definitely caught up with me," he said. "My serve was affected because my shoulder was a little bit sore. But this doesn't detract from the week I've had, which has been pretty positive."

The results: Quarterfinals: Marat Safin bt Alberto Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Carlos Moya bt Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-6(4); Rainer Schuettler bt Tim Henman 6-3, 6-1; Guillermo Coria bt David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-3. Third round: Schuettler bt Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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