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Söderling falls short in Swedish Open final

Spain's Nicolas Almagro beat top seed and defending champion Robin Söderling in three sets in the final of the clay-court ATP Swedish Open at Båstad on Sunday.

Söderling falls short in Swedish Open final

The 24-year-old survived dropping the second set to win 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in just under two hours. It was his sixth ATP title and his first of 2010. The first set saw the match going with serve until 5-5 when Söderling, the home favourite, came under pressure from the clay court specialist.

The Swede saved three break points before giving Almagro the advantage. The Spaniard held to go one set up. However, Söderling stepped up his game in the second set to level the match

before handing over the advantage again in the third.

He had already beaten Italy’s David Seppi and Spain’s David Ferrer in three sets to reach the final, but this was a match too far as he dropped his service twice in succession to hand the title to Almagro.

“I didn’t play my best tennis,” said the disconsolate Swede, who lost in the final of the French Open in May to another Spanish clay-court specialist, Rafael Nadal, who regained his number one ranking on the ATP Tour after the win.

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SPORT

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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