• Soderling, Ferrer battle in blockbuster Bastad final

    7/17/11 12:39 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Soderling, Ferrer battle in blockbuster Bastad final Two of the top six players in the world, both of whom are in outstanding form at the moment, will square off for the Swedish Open title on Sunday. Hometown hope Robin Soderling is going up against David Ferrer.

    Robin Soderling and David Ferrer will be meeting for the 14th time in their careers when they clash in the final of the SkiStar Swedish Open on Sunday. Soderling leads the head-to-head series 9-4, including 3-2 on clay and 2-0 at this Bastad event.

    They faced each other in last year's semifinals, with Soderling pulling out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. Four years earlier during second-round action in front of the Swedish crowd, Soderling scored a more routine 6-3, 6-1 win. Ferrer and Soderling battled through four hard-court encounters late last season following their Bastad matchup and they split those at two apiece.

    Another entertaining showdown should be in the cards, as both veterans are playing stellar tennis at the moment. Last weekend in Davis Cup, Ferrer traveled to the United States and earned two hard-fought singles victories on fast indoor hard courts, pacing Spain to a quarterfinal triumph. The world No. 6 is now 39-10 for his 2011 campaign following straight-set wins this week over Pere Riba, Potito Starace, and Nicolas Almagro.

    Soderling absolutely demolished the opposition en route to the title match. The fifth-ranked Swede cruised past Diego Junqueira and Potito Starace then humiliated world No. 8 Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-0 in Saturday's semifinals. Soderling, who also to advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for a third straight season, owns a 37-10 record for the year.

    "It's going to be a very difficult match," said Ferrer. "(Soderling) is playing unbelievable this week. I need to play my best tennis to beat him and to return very well as he has a great serve. Every final is special for me. I know people will support him, but I will try and play my game."

    Ferrer's game features dogged determination, top-notch defense, and consistent baseline play. The problem for the No. 2 seed is that Soderling can hit through him, even on this relatively slow surface. This will be Soderling's toughest test of the tournament by far, but look for him to prevail in three sets.

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Wow Sod really scary this tournament, Ferrer will have a hard time. I think Sod will win if be can blow Ferrer off the court. When Sod is on fire is quite difficult to beat him, furthermore the rankings is on the line for these two guys, only hundred plus points separate the two.

luckystar , 7/17/11 1:22 AM

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