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Soderling beats Simon to reach Lyon final

Soderling beats Simon to reach Lyon final

Seventh-seeded Robin Soderling rallied to beat fourth-seeded Gilles Simon of France 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday at the Lyon Grand Prix and reach his fourth indoor final of the year.
Soderling won with a smash at the net and will go for his third career title in his ninth ATP tour final.
"I have been playing better and better this week," Soderling said. "Today it was tougher against Simon. He has a peculiar way of playing which means you play less well (against him)."
Soderling will play Julien Benneteau in Sunday's final. The Frenchman came back from 5-3 down in the first set to upset third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 7-5.
The big-serving Soderling, who won in Lyon in 2004, lost his previous three finals this season in Stockholm, Sweden; Memphis, Tennessee; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.
"Two of them were within my reach," Soderling said. "I will try and go all the way tomorrow."
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. Leading 2-1, 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.
"I had chances at the start of the second set but lost my serve a bit stupidly," Simon said. "I am a bit tired physically and mentally, but that is not why I lost."
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 : 2021-05-16 15:23 GMT+08:00