Söderling strides into French Open last 16

Robin Söderling scored a four set victory over Spain's Albert Montanes in the French Open on Friday as the Swede moved a step closer to emulating the heroics that catapulted him into last year's final.

Söderling strides into French Open last 16

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.”

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