The 33-year-old Santoro was one of a few “too good players to never reach a Grand Slam quarter-final”, and he finally managed to do that in his 54th major appearance (three times lost in the fourth rounds before). It cost him a lot though, two tough back-to-back matches against much higher ranked opponents (Gaston Gaudio – 3:47 hrs, David Ferrer – 2:13 hrs) contributed to his exhaustion after the opening set vs Nalbandian, in which he led *4:3 (40/15) and had a double break point at 4-all. The Frenchman was broken in the 2nd game of the 2nd set after a couple of deuces and from that moment to the end of the contest the Argentine was actually doing whatever he wanted. He became just the third player at the time to advance to all four major semifinals… “After that first set, he just gave me a lesson,” Santoro said. “I tried many things, but he had the answer all the time. He just played great tennis, wonderful.” Nalbandian won the last 14 games not being a point from losing any of them.
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