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Robin Söderling claims Swedish Open title

Sweden's Robin Söderling made light work of dispatching Spain's David Ferrer to win the Swedish Open final in Båstad on Sunday, closing out the gain 6-2, 6-2.

Robin Söderling claims Swedish Open title

After rain delayed the start of the match by two hours, Söderling needed just 67 minutes to dispatch his opponent as he carried over the form he showed in crushing Czech Tomas Berdych in Saturday’s semi-final.

The win is Soderling’s fourth tournament triumph of the year following victories in Brisbane, Rotterdam and Marseille.

It is also his second Swedish Open crown, having also won in 2009, and the tenth ATP title of his career.

“It went well today. It’s absolutely fantastic to be here. I’m already looking forward to next year,” the smiling world number five said as he collected his prize.

Ferrer congratulated Söderling, admitting that he “didn’t have a chance”.

“I’ll come back next year and try to win then. Robin has played incredibly well this week. It was a well-deserved victory,” the TT news agency quoted him as saying.

Top seed Soderling crushed Ferrer to take the first set in only 30 minutes, and while the Spaniard, seeded two, showed some signs of life in the second set, this was a comfortable win for the home favourite.

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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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