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Federer into final at Abu Dhabi tourney

 Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...
 Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...
 Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...
 Robin Soderling from Sweden returns the ball to Roger Federer from Switzerland during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...
 Robin Soderling from Sweden reacts after he lost a point against Roger Federer from Switzerland during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Champi...

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championships

Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championships

Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championships

Roger Federer from Switzerland returns the ball to Robin Soderling from Sweden during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championships

Robin Soderling from Sweden returns the ball to Roger Federer from Switzerland during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dh...

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championships

Robin Soderling from Sweden reacts after he lost a point against Roger Federer from Switzerland during the second day of Mubadala World Tennis Champi...

Roger Federer rallied from a set down to beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 Friday and reach the final of the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
Federer, who lost to the fifth-ranked Swede in the exhibition tournament last year, struggled with his serve in the first set and had to save several break points early on. He then made several unforced errors in the tiebreaker, handing Soderling the lead when he hit a forehand long on set point.
But the No. 2-ranked Swiss took control in the second set, breaking Soderling twice with the help of his powerful forehand. Trailing 5-3, Soderling double faulted to give Federer a set point and the Swede then sent a shot that bounced on the net cord and out to even the match.
In the third set, Federer broke for a 5-3 lead when Soderling missed an easy forehand, before closing out the match with an ace.
"It's always good to win," said Federer, who lost his first match in both previous editions of the tournament. "I thought I played a good match. I never got broken today. I came back and got through a tough second set and third set I felt I was playing better."


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:37 GMT+08:00