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Berdych defeats Söderling in Miami semi-final

Tomas Berdych beat fifth-seeded Swede Robin Söderling in the semi-finals of the Miami ATP Masters 1000 on Friday. Berdych will go on to face American Andy Roddick, who beat Spain's Rafael Nadal, in Sunday's final.

Roddick engineered a turnaround to triumph 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 over world number four Nadal, who was the highest seed left in the draw.

Berdych, who saved a match point en route to a stunning upset of world number one Roger Federer in the fourth round, dismantled Söderling 6-2, 6-2.

Berdych, who said he wanted to be “aggressive but with lots of control” was able to do just that. He broke Söderling four times and faced only one break point himself.

Berdych reached the second prestigious Masters 1000 final of his career, after winning the Paris title in 2005.

Now he has a chance to become the first Miami men’s champion not ranked in the top 10 since Jim Courier in 1991.

“It is nice to take a match like that. I was playing really well, not too long on the court,” Berdych said.

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Swedish tennis star hopes for comeback

Robin Söderling, the former world number four sidelined by illness for nearly two years, has said that he still hopes to return to the tennis circuit.

Swedish tennis star hopes for comeback

“I will come back when I feel 100 percent but I don’t know when. That’s how it is, unfortunately,” Söderling told tabloid Aftonbladet.

Söderling – the only man to have beaten Spain’s eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on the clay at Roland Garros – has not played in competition since the Swedish Open tournament in July 2011.

Since then he has been hit by a series of health problems, including glandular fever, which is still affecting him.

The 28-year-old, who turned professional in 2001, told Aftonbladet that he was not yet fit enough to endure the rigours of competition tennis at the highest level.

“It’s hard to recover at a snail’s pace,” he explained.

“In the beginning it was difficult. When I went to bed every night, I told myself: perhaps I’ll be better tomorrow. That lasted a week, a month… I got another perspective on the passage of time.”

The Swede said he has made enough money during his career so far not to have to worry about working again.

According to the atpworldtour.com website, Söderling has won more than $10.4 million in prize money in singles and doubles.

“It’s an extraordinary feeling to be able to choose what you do, rather than having to do it. I’ve been spoiled,” he said.

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