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Söderling swings to victory in France

Swedish seventh seed Robin Söderling saw off unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Sunday 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 to win the €713,000 ($884,000) Lyon ATP final.

Söderling swings to victory in France

Söderling, ranked 27 in the world, won here in 2004 and took his overall career haul to three tournaments.

A break in the sixth game was enough for him to get his nose in front after 27 minutes but world number 56 Benneteau fought back to land the second on the tiebreak.

Benneteau dropped serve in the seventh game but as Söderling increasingly encroached on the net the Frenchman began to find his range, breaking back at the third time of asking.

In the ensuing tiebreak the home hope kept his nerve to level the encounter but ultimately his recovery flattered to deceive as Söderling promptly ratcheted up his own game to race through the decider on the back of two quickfire breaks.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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