Sweden's Robin Soderling eased into the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a straight-sets win over Andy Roddick.
The fourth seed had eight break points during the match, but two proved enough as he overcame the eighth-seeded American 7-5 6-4.
Soderling will next face home favourite Michael Llodra, whose remarkable run in Paris continued on Friday afternoon with a dominant display against Nikolay Davydenko.
Unseeded Llodra, who knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight, broke the Russian 10th seed four times as he recorded a 7-5 6-1 victory in one hour and 15 minutes.
Number one seed Roger Federer secured his place in the last four in the day's second session with a routine win over Jurgen Melzer.
The Swiss was in no mood to hang around and broke serve twice from the off as he raced through the first set 6-1.
Melzer, the world number 12, found some rhythm in the second set and held serve to a tie-break, but Federer had too much for him and took the match 6-1 7-6 (7/4).
In the evening's final game, home favourite Gael Monfils set up a clash with Federer with a three-set win over number three seed Andy Murray.
Monfils took the first set 6-2, before being broken twice to lose the second by the same scoreline.
But he hit back in the third, breaking twice more to take the game 6-2 2-6 6-3.
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