Nikolai Davydenko and Andy Murray advance in Abu Dhabi

Davydenko and Murray won their first-round matches on New Year’s Day. This means Rafa will play Davydenko on Friday.

In the other first-round match, Nikolay Davydenko ousted Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-4 and will face Rafael Nadal in Friday’s other semifinal. Nadal and Federer received first-round byes in the exhibition event, which is not part of the ATP Tour but features six of the world’s top 10 players and offers a winner-take-all prize of US$250,000.

The Canadian Press