Monday, November 15, 2010

Soderling Savors Paris Victory, London Next

Robin Soderling must love Paris. The two-time French Open finalist captured his very first Masters title over the weekend in the city of lights beating hometown favorite Gael Monfils in the finals. Soderling and Monfils both nearly didn't make the finals, saving match points in their semifinal matches. Soderling had to save three match points against another Frenchman Michael Llodra while Monfils somehow survived five match points up against Roger Federer.

While Federer, who has been on a roll this fall, was unable to reach the finals, he still had a career best showing, making it all the way to the semifinals. With these results and the early losses of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, Federer locked up the year-end #2 ranking. This means that for an astonishing six years straight, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have occupied the top two spots at the end of the year. That's... ridiculous to say the least.

In less than a week, the top eight players including Soderling, Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic will join Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, and Tomas Berdych in London for the ATP World Tour Finals to contend the final title of the year. Only Federer (4x) and Djokovic have won the the year-end tournament among the players participating.

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