• Söderling, Robredo reach Bastad quarterfinals

    7/15/09 10:30 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Söderling, Robredo reach Bastad quarterfinals Robin Soderling treats the crowd at the Swedish Open to an easy straight-set win over Kristof Vliegen. Tommy Robredo is also through to the quarterfinals after rolling over Peter Luczak.

    (2) Robin Soderling d. Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 6-3

    Soderling destroyed Vliegen in just minutes to kick off his Catella Swedish Open campaign on Wednesday night. Because he received a bye in the opening round as one of the tournament's top four seeds, Soderling is already into the quarterfinals. The outcome of this one was never in doubt, as the 12th-ranked Swede broke serve for a quick 3-1 lead in the first set. A second break finished off the opening frame of play for Soderling and allowed him to begin set two on serve.

    Another break at 3-2 in the second eventually gave the No. 2 seed a chance to serve it out at 5-3. Soderling had to save two break points while trying to finish off his opponent, but he did it before ending the proceedings with his fifth ace of the match. The French Open runner-up won a rock-solid 24 of 28 first-serve points. Next up for Soderling is either Potito Starace or No. 5 seed Nicolas Almagro

    (3) Tommy Robredo d. (Q) Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-3

    Robredo had no trouble in advancing to the Bastad quarterfinals on Wednesday, dispatching Luczak in one hour and twelve minutes. It was still a good week for the 145th-ranked Australian, who went through qualifying and beat Alberto Martin in the first round after having not appeared in a single main draw of an ATP event this entire season prior to this week. Luczak, however, was no match for Robredo, who is No. 16 in the world and got a bye straight to the second round as one of the tournament's top four seeds.

    Robredo broke serve twice in the opening set, including at 5-2 which allowed him to start the second frame of play on his own serve. One break in set two was enough for Robredo to take it, as he won all 14 of his first-serve points during his last five service games. The veteran Spaniard finished the day with 10 aces while winning an impressive 27 of 28 first-serve points. Next up for Robredo is Teimuraz Gabashvili, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Bjorn Phau.

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I wonder is Soderling is destined for the top -10? It sure feels that way...

thefanchild , 7/16/09 2:46 AM

I agree. If he can keep playing at a high level like this, he'll break in for sure.


Arvis , 7/16/09 5:11 PM

-it is good to 'welcome' different tournaments at each given times of the year such like this one. abzolutli not a thing has been more than sit and view a good match as i do see that more new players are indeed taking part. the first time i watched a tennis match was 1999 and could have also been when i did stop due to mis-goings on of life. but had i had that chance, how wonderful then to know of all there is about the ring-side of things. nevertheless, time still has what it takes and will do whatever is necessary to produce for us new means of appreciating each opportunity when it arises....

tauojtcer , 7/30/09 3:53 AM

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