February tends to be a slow month for the tennis scene, but some of the world's top players are competing in lower-level tournaments this week. In the 250-level event in San Jose, top seeded Andy Roddick is through to the semifinals after edging Tomas Berdych in their quarterfinal, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). Roddick will take on 7th seeded Sam Querrey, who comfortably beat Michael Russel 4 and 3, in the semis. On the opposite side of the draw, Fernando Verdasco and Denis Istomin will duke it out for a shot in the final after they each won in 2 and 3 sets, respectively.
At the Open GDF Suez in Paris, number 1 seed Elena Dementieva advanced to the final 4 with a comeback victory over Andrea Petkovic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Russian's semifinal opponent will be Melaniue Oudin, who has started to gain confidence back after victories over Sorana Cirstea, Patty Schnyder and Agnes Szavay. Oudin knocked Dementieva out of the US Open in the 2nd round, so the youngster will be looking to back up her upset. In the bottom half of the draw, Lucia Safarova and Flavia Pennetta will fight for a spot in the final after easy quarterfinal victories respectively over Shahar Peer and Tathiana Garbin
At the star-studded tournament in Rotterdam, Novak Djokovic, the top seed, advanced to the semifinals by default when Florian Mayer withdrew. The world number 2 will meet Mikhail Youzhny, a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Gael Monfils, for a spot in the finals. The 2nd seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2 and will play a familiar foe in the semis, Robin Soderling, who lost just 1 game to Julien Benneteau.