Stepanek, Soderling, Mirnyi also win in quarters

MILAN, Italy -- Fifth-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden advanced to the Milan Indoors semifinals on Friday, defeating Ukrainian qualifier Sergyi Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and No. 8 Max Mirnyi of Belarus also reached the semifinals.

Ljubicic struggled in the first set, missing three set points before cruising to a 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2 quarterfinal win over No. 7 Karol Beck of Slovakia.

Stepanek overcame fifth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 and Mirnyi beat unseeded Tomas Behrend of Germany 6-3, 6-2. Behrend had knocked out top-seeded Andrei Pavel of Romania on Thursday.