No. 2-ranked Roger Federer came from a set down to beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 to reach the finals of the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi Friday.
Federer, who lost to the No. 5-ranked Swede in Abu Dhabi last year, had the edge early but kept allowing the tenacious Soderling back in the match. Soderling took advantage of erratic play from Federer in the tiebreaker to take the first set when the Swiss hit a forehand long.
But Federer took control in the second set, hitting several of his 16 aces to take a 5-3 lead and then breaking Soderling to even the match. Using his powerful forehand and dominant service game, Federer went up 4-3 in the third and 5-3 when Soderling missed an easy forehand. Federer closed out the match with an ace.