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Soderling beats Simon to reach Lyon final

Soderling beats Simon to reach Lyon final

Seventh-seeded Robin Soderling rallied past fourth-seeded Gilles Simon of France 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 at the Lyon Grand Prix on Saturday to reach his fourth indoor final of the year.
The big-serving Soderling, who won at Lyon in 2004, lost his previous three finals this season at Stockholm, Sweden; Memphis, Tennessee; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played Julien Benneteau in an all-French match later Saturday.
Soderling clinched victory with a smash at the net and goes for his third career title in his ninth ATP Tour final.
"I had chances at the start of the second set but lost my serve a bit stupidly," Simon told French television. "I am a bit tired physically and mentally, but that is not why I lost."
Soderling led 5-4 and had Simon trailing 15-30 on his serve but then crumbled to lose the first set.
The players swapped breaks at the start of the second set. At 2-1 up, Soderling called for a trainer to treat blisters on his left foot. He broke the Frenchman again to lead 3-1 and then saved two break points with aces.
Simon waited until the eighth game of the third set before getting a chance to break back, but his shot hit the net.
Simon, who has three titles this year and reached the Madrid Masters final, has climbed into the top eight of the Champions Race this week, which determines qualifiers for the Masters Cup.
The final spots will be decided next week at the Paris Masters.
"There will be a sprint finish," Simon said. "I will have to do better than four or five players."


Updated : 2021-07-29 05:49 GMT+08:00