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  • Dodig upsets Soderling in Barcelona second round

    4/20/11 8:53 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Dodig upsets Soderling in Barcelona second round Robin Soderling loses his Barcelona opener in straight sets to Ivan Dodig on Wednesday. Dodig is joined in the third round by Richard Gasquet, a three-set winner over Blaz Kavcic.


    Ivan Dodig d. (3) Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-4

    Dodig almost upset Soderling at last month's Sony Ericsson Open, but this time the underdog had no trouble getting over the hump and scoring a big win. The unseeded Croat prevailed after just one hour and 22 minutes to reach the third round of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell on Wednesday evening. Soderling, meanwhile, was making his 2011 clay-court debut and had been dealing with a knee injury that forced him out of Monte-Carlo last week. The fifth-ranked Swede looked rusty and he won only half of both his first and second-serve points.

    Although he first six aces without double-faulting during the first set, Dodig donated his own serve once. Still, the world No. 56 more than made up for it with two breaks before serving out the proceedings at 5-2. Soderling had a chance to get back on track when he got a look at multiple break points at 3-3 in the second. It was all over, however, when Barcelona's No. 3 seed failed to break. He dropped serve at love at 4-4, throwing the game away with a double-fault at 0-40. Dodig promptly fell behind 0-30 while serving for the match, but he won four straight points to clinch victory. Next up for Dodig is either Milos Raonic or Simon Greul.

    (9) Richard Gasquet d. Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

    Gasquet pulled out his second three-set victory in as many days by defeating Kavcic after one hour and 57 minutes of play. The ninth-seeded Frenchman, who fought back from a set deficit to overcome Juan Ignacio Chela on Tuesday, converted five of 10 break chances to set up a third-round showdown against countryman Gael Monfils. For a while it looked Gasquet would advance in more routine fashion, as he earned two breaks in the first set before serving it out at 5-3.

    Kavcic, though, continued to serve well in the second second (82 percent in set one, 76 percent in set two) and this time he did a better job of holding his service games. The 87th-ranked Slovenian donated serve once, but two breaks allowed him to gain the upper hand. Kavcic broke at 5-4 to force a third set, but he could not sustain the momentum. Gasquet turned the tide and took full control right away in set three, dropping only one point in four service games. Two breaks were more than enough for the world No. 17 to close things out on serve at 5-2.

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