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January 31, 2023

Tennis: Robin Soderling sees off David Ferrer in Tour finals

Robin Soderling bounced back from his opening-day defeat by Andy Murray to battle past David Ferrer and keep alive his hopes of reaching the knockout stage at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The world number four survived a late wobble to win 7-5 7-5 and go joint-second in Group B alongside Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in Tuesday’s afternoon match. Soderling needed to win to have any chance of making it out of the round-robin phase, but he could now advance whether or not he beats Federer on Thursday, according to BBC.

With the top two going through to the semi-finals, Federer leads the pool on two wins, from Murray and Soderling on one while Ferrer, who plays Murray on Thursday, is without a win.

As things stand, Murray would qualify alongside Federer because he has a better percentage of games won than Soderling – but only by two games. Assuming Nadal beats Djokovic, it would probably be better for Federer is Murray progresses through to the semi finals because he would stand a better chance against Rafa in the semi-final than Soderling.

The 26-year-old Swede said: “I served very well, especially in the first set. But it was tough. It was a close match, two really tough sets. I’m lucky that I won. I still feel that I have a lot of things that I can improve. Hopefully I can do that in one or two days and play a good match in my next match.”

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