• Soderling, Ferrer continue Wimbledon campaigns

    6/26/10 2:59 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Soderling, Ferrer continue Wimbledon campaigns Robin Soderling will go up against Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday at Wimbledon. David Ferrer is also looking for a place in the fourth round as he faces Jeremy Chardy.

    (6) Robin Soderling vs. (25) Thomaz Bellucci

    Soderling and Bellucci will be meeting for the first time in their careers when they go head-to-head in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday. Having also finished runner-up at last year's French Open before reaching the Wimbledon fourth round, Soderling once again appears to be making a smooth transition to grass. The sixth-ranked Swede has not dropped a set in routine victories over Robby Ginepri and Marcel Granollers.

    Bellucci is really a clay-court specialist, but he has a big serve and forehand that can make him successful on all surfaces. The 24th-ranked Brazilian, who made it to the French Open fourth round, has dropped only one set in wins over Ricardo Mello and Martin Fischer. Soderling is a much different beast, but Bellucci will be competitive if he can turn this into as much of a baseline match as possible. Look for the No. 6 seed to advance in four entertaining sets.

    Jeremy Chardy vs. (9) David Ferrer

    One of the hottest players on tour heading into the French Open, Ferrer went into Paris with huge expectations in a relatively weak section of the draw but lost to Jurgen Melzer in the third round. The 11th-ranked Spaniard is hoping to erase the disappointment by going further on a surface that is not as conducive to his game. So far at Wimbledon Ferrer has taken out Nicolas Kiefer and Florent Serra, losing just one set in the process.

    Standing in Ferrer's way of a spot in the fourth round is Chardy, who is 1-3 lifetime against the No. 9 seed. Chardy beat Ferrer in a third-set tiebreaker last year in Johannesburg, but Ferrer won their next 2009 encounter and prevailed over Chardy most recently at the Madrid Masters. The 55th-ranked Frenchman is coming off a tough five-set win over Lukas Lacko, and he will have to be 100 percent physically to compete with one the game's most tenacious players. Ferrer in four tight sets is the pick.

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Vamos! David can do it :)

rafanna , 6/26/10 11:52 AM

I think Ferrer can take the match in three. He is already to sets to nil up. Will be interesting to see how Bellucci deals with the Sod.

luckystar , 6/26/10 2:33 PM

ferrer loses a set. and soderling breaks belluci in 2nd set. He is simply outmuscling belluci in the baseline exchanges.

tj600 , 6/26/10 3:04 PM

Belluci is making a lot of error as well.
I thought to myself at one point, wow Soderling isnt hammering the ball as hard as I am use to seeing him. This was then confirmed when I turned over to the Serena Williams match and watched her belt the ball.
Soderling v's Belluci isnt as hard hitting as expected. No clue as to why.

isabeau77 , 6/26/10 3:11 PM

belluci is making a lot of FORCED errors as soderlings power is making it hard for him to set up his groujdstrokes properly. I think soderlings not hitting it as hard bcoz belluci is constantly keeping the ball deep,but soderling usually forces belluci to drop it short,and then bangs it as hard as he can. And serena hits it harder than most men do..

tj600 , 6/26/10 3:17 PM

wow-sod has 88% of first serves in the 2nd set,and 100% of second serve points won.

tj600 , 6/26/10 3:21 PM

Speaks too early, don't know what happen to Ferrer. He may be losing the fourth set as well and may have to go the distance. If Bellucci keeps staying at the baseline, he'll be outplayed by Sod. However I think Bellucci can't play in any other way, he simply is not good at the net. Bye bye Bellucci, next please, Chardy or Ferrer?

luckystar , 6/26/10 3:22 PM

belluci needs to flatten out his forehand. He needs to realise that his topspin forehand is just sitting up for soderling to rip.

tj600 , 6/26/10 3:22 PM

Next round opponent for Sod - either Chardy or Ferrer - stands no chance against this Sod. I think Bellucci, Chardy or Ferrer just don't know how to play against Sod.

luckystar , 6/26/10 3:48 PM

Chardy showing why he was a former champ at the hallowed lawns of wimbledon..

clayking , 6/26/10 3:51 PM

Bellucci trying to play a little smarter ...

smr , 6/26/10 3:58 PM

It will be incredibly hard for ANYONE(Federer included) to beat Soderling, if he plays like this . He's the ONLY guy NOT to have been broken in the tournament. Gilbert/Cahill think that he will beat Nadal, if the Spaniard makes the QF.

imjimmy , 6/26/10 4:04 PM

Ferrer breaks back in the 5th.

smr , 6/26/10 4:13 PM

And he wins! :)

smr , 6/26/10 4:17 PM

@imjimmy, yes soderling is playing scarily well but has he faced an accomplished grass court player?? No.... belucci was on the verge of taking a set off soda today but cudnt convert those 2 brk pt at 5-5.... i dont know what makes you believe the likes of federer and nadal wont be able to beat soderling!! really he hast shown that much becoz he has not been put under any such pressure..... now he has ferrer, not an accomplished grass court player but not bad at all...what i would be luking at is that ferrer is a FINE RETURNER OF BIG SERVES so lets see how soderling fares...soderling is going to win but ferrer's return of serve may take soda out of his comfort zones.

vamosrafa , 6/26/10 4:50 PM

So it is Ferrer next to the slaughter house! Judging from how Rafa plays today, he'll have problems if he faces Sod! Still early days of course, Rafa may improve during this match. We shall see. This Petz guy is serving very well and also has a big forehand. It seems that this Wimbledon really favors the big serve big forehand kind of players. Let's see how Fed, Rafa and Murray deal with them!

luckystar , 6/26/10 4:52 PM

To be honest,im a bit worried for rafa,fed and murray. Because in the 1/4s,sod berdy and tsonga are possible 1/4 final opponents respectively,and they all have games suited for grass.

tj600 , 6/26/10 5:44 PM

Ferrer lived up to his reputation as the terrier of tennis - hanging on in and coming up trumps at the last moment. Felt sorry for Chardy stumbling at the finishing line.

Fraid your right lucky. The foxy fox will get the terrier.

ed251137 , 6/26/10 5:47 PM

We will see how sod fares against ferrer-who is one of the best returners in the mens game. IF soderling has little problem in his service games in that amtch,then that will tell me that soderling can do some serious damage at Wimbledon. Also,Federer and Nadal can obviously beat soderling on grass,but soderlings playing well enough to cause an upset.

tj600 , 6/26/10 5:47 PM

Sigh. I agree with you tj. Looking at how Fed played so far, and Rafa after today's match, I think both of them are not at the top of their games. If both of them meet Sod(which is possible), then I'm afraid that Sod may the the second person to have beaten both Fed and Rafa in a slam!

luckystar , 6/26/10 9:12 PM

luckystar, with greatest respect -

to quote my great-grandmother, please do not speak that into existence, and do not borrow trouble, as the rate of interest is much too high.

mara002 , 6/27/10 12:04 AM

ha ha mara002, OK I shall stop saying all the negative things. From now onwards I'll channel all positive energy to Rafa. Seriously, if Rafa can manage his knee issue this tournament, I'm positive that he knows how to deal with Sod. Looking at how Petz played today, Petz did have good ground strokes and good slices too, on top of his huge serves. He is also moving well on grass. Even though Sod can attack on both wings, what Sod lacks is still good movement, esp to the net. I believe Petz moves better than Sod. Rafa would have to play like he did today but with better ROS and try to move Sod around more. It will definitely be a hard day at work if Rafa plays Sod, but Rafa being Rafa would not let Sod beat him easily. Worst come to worst, win it ugly by grinding it out in five sets! I think Rafa is better than the rest of Sod's opponents so far, so pushing Sod to five sets is a possibility.

luckystar , 6/27/10 2:39 AM

mara002: what a brilliant saying, thanx!
luckystar: am sure Rafa can beat Sod., will never speak to him if he doesn't...but can he beat the one and only Mr Murray..yes, I'm now doing the opposite of you, thinking positively, mara's grandma would approve!

deuce , 6/27/10 9:05 AM

if rafa pushes soderling to 5, i am sure rafa is going to win becoz he is a monster in the 5th set, has a near-perfect record in the 5th sets he has played at wimb (only loss coming to roger in 07)...

anyway, one match at a time, mathieu is next and he can do some damage too! his cross court BH is dangoerous for rafa as that shot rushes rafa and rafa's forehand loses effect...anyway mathieu is a better on clay and not such a threat on grass...rafa in 3 i think , i hope its 3 becoz we need to save those knees.

vamosrafa , 6/27/10 1:17 PM

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