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Soderling beats Benneteau to win Lyon final

Soderling beats Benneteau to win Lyon final

Seventh-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden beat Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Sunday to clinch his first title of the season, his third career title overall and first since 2005.
Soderling, who was playing in his fourth indoor final of the season, broke Benneteau four times in the match and dropped his serve only once to win the Lyon title for the second time, after also winning at the Gerland arena in 2004.
The 24-year-old Soderling's previous title came three years ago in Milan, Italy.
Benneteau briefly rallied when he broke Soderling in the eighth game of the second set to make it 4-4 but then faded quickly.
The Frenchman, who took only one of the four chances he had to break Soderling in the second set, did not get another chance to trouble Soderling's serve in the decider. Soderling had 10 aces in the match.
The big-serving Soderling had lost his previous three finals this season in Stockholm, Sweden; Memphis, Tennessee; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Benneteau was in his second career final _ both this year _ after losing to Gilles Simon on clay in Casablanca, Morocco, in May.


Updated : 2021-05-15 09:16 GMT+08:00