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Feb
11

Soderling cruises to his 8th. ATP title in Rotterdam.

World number four Robin Soderling retained his World Tennis Tournament title in Rotterdam with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat of France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The double French Open finalist took his record over Tsonga to 4-0, despite dropping his first set of the week. It was the Swede’s eighth ATP victory from 18 tournament finals.

Tsonga, seeded eighth, had last claimed a tournament in October 2009, and was in with a chance when taking the second set but Soderling picked up his game. Tsonga served impressively in patches, with 20 aces to Soderling’s 12, but lost his serve twice in the first set after securing an early break. He hit back by finishing off some neat approach play with point-clinching volleys – until a break in the eighth game of the decider prompted Tsonga’s downfall. Soderling, picking up his 13th win from 14 matches this year, became the fourth player to retain the Rotterdam title after Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg and Nicolas Escude.

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