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Söderling wins first Masters title over Monfils

Söderling wins first Masters title over Monfils

Published: 15 Nov 2010 08:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Nov 2010 08:18 GMT+01:00

Söderling, a two-time French Open finalist, claimed his sixth career title to inflict a second consecutive Bercy final defeat upon 12th seed Monfils, who was beaten by Serbia's Novak Djokovic in straight sets at last year's Masters.

Söderling also beat Monfils at a tournament last week in Valencia, Spain. He became the first Swede to win a Masters tournament since Thomas Enqvist's success in Cincinnati in 2000.

Söderling had enjoyed an incredible week in Paris, notably saving three match points in an epic semi-final to end unseeded Frenchman Michaël Llodra's fairy tale run at the tournament on Saturday.

France's Gilles Simon, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and American Andy Roddick were Söderling's other victims and he replaces the UK's Andy Murray as the world number four, his highest-ever ranking, on Monday.

Söderling said the victory would boost his confidence ahead of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for the world's top eight players in London later this month.

"I'm going in the right direction. Now my aim is to be number three [in the world]. This fills me with confidence for London. You have to play all the best players and each match is potentially a Grand Slam final. So you need enormous confidence. This could be one of the keys," said Söderling.

He also had words of praise for his opponent.

"I know it's difficult to lose two finals in a row in this city, but Monfils played incredible tennis this week," said Söderling, who was beaten in the Roland Garros final on the other side of Paris in 2009 and 2010.

"He beat Roger [Federer] yesterday and I also know how difficult that is," he added.

About his win, he said, "It's a great feeling. I don't have a great ratio in finals [six wins and 10 defeats] and notably here in Paris. I'm happy with the way I played. I was extremely nervous before this final. I hardly slept last night. I really wanted to do well."

Monfils had also experienced an unforgettable week in eastern Paris, having saved two match points in the third round against Spain's Fernando Verdasco and five against top seed Federer in a roller-coaster semi-final on Saturday.

The Frenchman appeared fatigued by his efforts to overcome Federer, however, and was badly off the pace in a one-sided first set, with Söderling's powerful serve causing him particular problems.

Söderling won 6-3, 6-2 when the pair met in Valencia last week and although his service was less reliable in the second set, the Swede continued to pepper his opponent with precise groundstrokes from the back of the court.

Monfils never managed to shake Söderling out of his rhythm and went down meekly in the tie-break, as the Swede clinched a straightforward victory with a passing volley at the net before dropping to the ground in ecstasy.

"I've had a week full of emotions," said Monfils, who will lead the French team that takes on Serbia in the Davis Cup final in Belgrade on December 3rd to 5th.

"I've learned a lot, I've gone to the extent of my limits and I'm very, very disappointed to have got so close again and to have lost the final so easily. But third time lucky, I hope to be in the final again next year," he added.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:03 November 15, 2010 by Rishonim
Kol hakavod Robin.
13:25 November 15, 2010 by BERTRAM
Robin number 4,,,,,,Bravo-
17:10 November 15, 2010 by Rolle
YEAHHH GOOD FOR ROBOCOP!!!! Finally, the heir to Borg, Edberg and Wilander has come.

Robin has always been a fantastic player, but it's just amazing how in the last couple of years he has been able to put it togheter and play good constantly. No wonder he has done so amazingly well.

I think beating Nadal in the quarters at Roland Garros last year was a big turning point for his career.
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