Söderling strides into French Open last 16
AFP/The Local · 29 May 2010, 12:06
Published: 29 May 2010 12:06 GMT+02:00
Fifth seeded Söderling fired an impressive 20 aces in his 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 third-round win over the Spaniard.
He will face Croatia's 11th seed Marin Cilic, who needed five sets to see off Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, for a quarter-final place.
The world number seven knows that defeat over the Croat is likely to set up a quarter final meeting with Roger Federer, the all-conquering Swiss master who defeated the Swede in the 2009 final.
Söderling said he would relish a fresh opportunity to dethrone Federer on the Paris clay.
“I’ve always known I can beat him,” he told tabloid Aftonbladet.
“There’s still a long way to go but the more time I come up against him the closer I get to beating him.”