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Roddick overpowers Kratochvil

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Israel's Harel Levy
swept past second seed Wayne Ferreira to set up a semifinal
clash with American teenager Andy Roddick at the Nottingham Open
on Thursday.

Levy, the seventh seed, had a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 victory in
the quarter-finals, while Roddick enjoyed a 6-4, 6-4 win over
Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil.

The pair have met once before -- in the Ericsson Open in
Miami -- where Roddick came out on top.

"Harel is a great player. He's very talented and plays some
great shots," said the 18-year-old Roddick.

Levy broke Ferreira in the opening games of both sets and
never looked troubled by the experienced South African.

Ferreira struggled to find his rhythm throughout the match
and was lucky not to be cautioned for throwing his racket to the
ground twice in the second set.

"I feel good. I've won three matches and beaten some good
players," Levy said.

"I started well today. I think it was very important I broke
him in the first game. I was serving well and I had no break
points which gave me a lot of confidence."

Roddick, who left the court to adoring screams from the
crowd, broke Kratochvil in the opening game of his
quarter-final, but then had to wait until the ninth game of the
second before seizing his chance again.

The teenager, who lost in the first round at Queen's Club
last week, was pleased with the progress he has made on grass.

"It's a great to get some matches in on grass. I'm feeling a
lot more comfortable on it now," Roddick said.

"After I lost at Queen's I was able to start doing
conditioning and fitness drills again so I'm a little bit faster
on court."

Swedish third seed Thomas Johansson held his nerve for a 7-6 (3),
7-6 (3) victory over Wayne Arthurs of Australia.

Johansson, who won in Halle last week, will meet 1997
champion Greg Rusedski in the other semifinal, after the
left-hander put paid to compatriot Martin Lee's chances 6-3, 6-2.

Johansson and Arthurs produced a quickfire match, with both
players relying heavily on their serve.

The Australian left-hander sent down 24 aces, including six
on the trot, during the encounter.

The 26-year-old Swede, ranked 16th on the ATP Entry System,
took both tiebreaks 7-3, with Arthurs double-faulting to gift
him the match.

Johansson needed treatment on his right shoulder after the
third game of the second set, but later said the problem was
nothing serious.

Earlier, wildcard Rusedski did not have things all his own
way during his win over Lee, a player ranked 105 places below
him.

The British number two was forced to save five break points
in his first three service games against Lee, who replaced fifth
seed Fabrice Santoro in the draw.

He broke the former world junior world number one in the
sixth game to take a 4-2 first-set lead and then moved up a gear
-- hitting six of his 10 aces in the second and taking the last
five games -- to seal victory.

Rusedski, who disposed of the tournament's top seed
Jan-Michael Gambill in the first round, praised his opponent's
performance.

"I feel Martin played very well for the first six games of
the match. He had a lot of first serves and played some good
returns," said Rusedski, who will not be seeded at Wimbledon.

"In the second set he dipped slightly and I managed to
advantage of it."

Lee, ranked 147 on the ATP Entry System, blamed his missed
chances in the opening games for the defeat.

"I'm still very disappointed. I thought the first six games
were excellent. In the second set Greg got more and more
confident and his serve got bigger and bigger," Lee said.