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  • Soderling stays hot, Giraldo continues run

    4/28/10 7:11 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Soderling stays hot, Giraldo continues run Robin Soderling begins his Rome campaign on Wednesday with a straight-set win over Paolo Lorenzi. Santiago Giraldo also advances, dispatching Michael Llodra.

    Robin Soderling kept up his fine form on Wednesday afternoon with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Paolo Lorenzi in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Soderling fired seven aces and never dropped serve to kick off his Rome campaign in style.

    Lorenzi, who won just his second ATP-level match in round one by upsetting Albert Montanes on Monday, was clearly feeling the pressure in a woeful first set. He won only 33 percent of his second-serve points and got broken twice before Soderling served out the opening frame of play at 5-1.

    The world No. 96 gave his Italian fans something to cheer about by staying on serve until 5-5 in the second, but Soderling broke in the 11th game and finished off the match with little trouble.

    Soderling won 75 percent of both his first and second-serve points on his way to a third-round clash with Stanislas Wawrinka. The seventh-ranked Swede is 1-1 lifetime against Wawrinka but they have never faced each other on clay.

    In far more unlikely fashion, Santiago Giraldo joined Soderling in the Rome third round. Two days after stunning Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-0, 6-3, Giraldo dusted off fellow qualifier Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and four minutes.

    The 76th-ranked Colombian was utterly dominant from the back of the court and he lost a mere 10 points in eight service games while never facing a break point. Giraldo served at 86 percent and fired three aces without double-faulting as he advanced two rounds at a Masters event for the first time in his career.

    Next up for the 22-year-old is either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Viktor Troicki.

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so giraldo won..
i will be happier if he wins against tsonga..
by the way..
giraldo is not a spaniard..
he is a colombian..

clayking , 4/28/10 7:27 PM


So the run continues for "Rico Suave" and yes all good clay court players don't come from Spain. He will give Tsonga a match. Sod looked good too.

chr18 , 4/28/10 7:57 PM



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