Nalbandian ends brave Santoro run
Nalbandian has now reached all four major semi-finals
David Nalbandian ended Fabrice Santoro's run at the Australian Open, defeating him 7-6 6-0 6-0 to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
Santoro, playing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, broke the fourth seed at 4-3.
But Nalbandian produced an array of fierce groundstrokes to break the Frenchman twice and take the opener.
From then on Nalbandian dictated the match as Santoro crumbled to defeat without winning another game.
Nalbandian will now meet Ivan Ljubicic or Marcos Baghdatis for a place in the final.
Santoro delighted the Melbourne Park crowd in the first set by taking the first break point of the match with a mesmerising series of delicate shots.
Nalbandian had struggled to work out Santoro, who plays two-handed on both sides, but he responded immediately with some powerful forehands to break back.
The Argentine broke again and carried the momentum forward to wrap up the victory in one hour and 41 minutes.
Despite the one-sided scoreline, the contest was full of quality with the players making just 32 unforced errors between them.
"Fabrice has a very special game," said Nalbandian. "It's not easy to come and hit winners from the first point.
"In the first set I was a bit nervous but when I got a bit of confidence, I started hitting harder and better.
"Now I'm in semis this year and I hope to win it."