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Söderling storms into last 16 at Wimbledon

Robin Söderling continued to impress in Wimbledon on Saturday as the Swede eased into the fourth round with a straight sets win over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Söderling storms into last 16 at Wimbledon
Photo: AP (file)

Sixth seed Söderling, who reached the French Open final for the second time earlier this month, won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in an hour and 54 minutes on Court One.

Söderling had two match points on the 25th seed’s serve and won it when the Brazilian number one fired long.

The Swede faces Spanish ninth seed David Ferrer in the round of 16.

“It’s been really good so far, I think I’m serving well and I’m hitting the ball really well,” Söderling said.

“I was a little bit lucky to get away with this one in straight sets.

“I’m definitely having more confidence. I’ve played really well the last year and a half.

“Confidence is a big thing and I think what helped me most is that I’m playing well in the really important moments.”

Söderling said he was often in touch with Björn Borg but had not heard from the Swedish tennis legend so far in the championships.

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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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