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Soderling, Almagro into Swedish Open Finals

Posted in David Ferrer,Nicholas Almagro,Robin Soderling,Tommy Robredo by Ben on July 18, 2010

Robin Soderling and Nicholas Almagro are set to stage a rematch of this year’s Madrid Open after posting wins in the semifinals of the Swedish Open. Soderling, the top seed, needed another three-set win to advance against David Ferrer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Almagro easily took out Tommy Robredo in just over an hour — winning 6-1, 6-3.

While Soderling leads the head-to-head 3-2, Almagro won during their last meeting on clay, 6-4, 7-5. Look for Soderling to rise to the occasion in front of his home crowd to collect his sixth title. This season, both players have proven they’re at home on clay. Soderling, however, has the experience with the two French Open finals to his credit. I take him over the Spaniard in two tight sets.

After the match is over and the US Open Series begins, I’m watching Soderling to continue his high form. I’m calling a title during the Series and a place in the quarterfinals (and probably better) during the season’s last major. As for Almagro, he’ll have a tougher time at the hard court events.


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