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Roddick trumps Söderling in semi-finals

American tennis star Andy Roddick beat sixth-seeded Swede Robin Söderling on Saturday in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 on Saturday. Roddick will now face Ivan Ljubicic in Sunday's tennis final.

To secure his spot against Roddick, Ljubicic won against 23-year-old David Nadal, the defending champion who was playing his first tournament since a knee injury forced him out of the Australian Open.

Roddick and Söderling both fought frustration as momentum shifted in their battle.

Roddick broke his racquet on the ground after dropping his serve in the eighth game of the second set, leaving Söderling to serve for the set at 5-3.

The Swede made the most of it with a love game, then the two traded breaks early in the third before Roddick earned the decisive break for a 4-2 lead that he never relinquished.

Roddick said he was conscious of Söderling’s pressure on his serve, but he was able to apply the same to the Swede.

“I knew I was returning real well, so I thought this might be the rare occasion where that would be the thing that won it for me,” Roddick said.

Even after he won the second set, Söderling said he didn’t feel he was playing great.

“He played a little bit better than me,” Söderling said. “I think he served a little bit better, and then I made a few more unforced errors. That’s about it.”

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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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