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Djokovic eases through to quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic  is through to the semifinals in Rotterdam after last eight opponent Florian Mayer pulled out.
Novak Djokovic is through to the semifinals in Rotterdam after last eight opponent Florian Mayer pulled out.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Novak Djokovic is through to the semifinals of the ABN AMRO tournament
  • The top seed gets a bye into the last four after opponent Florian Mayer pulls out injured
  • Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny and fourth seed Gael Monfils will meet in the last eight
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(CNN) -- World number two Novak Djokovic is through to the semifinals of the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam after a comfortable straight sets victory over Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland on Thursday.

The top seed secured his quarterfinal place with a 6-4 6-2 win, despite only converting three break points.

However, last eight opponent Florian Mayer has been forced to pull out with a left leg injury, meaning the Serb gets a bye into the semis.

In the day's other matches, sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny and fourth seed Gael Monfils will meet in an explosive-looking last eight showdown after both claimed straight sets wins.

Russian Youzhny, winner of the tournament in 2007, saw off Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-4 6-4 while Frenchman Monfils ended the run of local hero Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-2.

Another Frenchman, Julien Benneteau, is also through and will next face third seed Robin Soderling after defeating Michael Berrer of Germany 6-4 6-4.