Swedish tennis ace Robin Soderling defeated Spaniard David Ferrer last night to keep alive his hopes of making it out of the Round Robin phase of the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals.
Soderling came through a very close match 7-5 7-5 with just one break in each set.
Ferrer played a solid match, but conceded afterwards that the Swede had been “better”. Soderling, he said, had “taken more chances” when receiving and had hit good first serves.
The result means that Soderling can progress with a win against Roger Federer, or by taking more games from the World number 2 than Murray did, and relying on Ferrer to beat the Brit. Murray is in the driving seat: if he can beat Ferrer, then he is all but through, assuming Federer doesn’t capitulate against Soderling and cause another of those confusing countbacks as we saw in Murray’s group last year.
ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – How Things Stand
Below are the standings following the Soderling v Ferrer result – at 23:00 GMT on 23 November 2010. The top two players from each Round Robin Group qualify for the Semi-Finals.
- Novak Djokovic SER (3) (Record 1-0)
- Rafael Nadal ESP (1) (Record 1-0)
- Andy Roddick USA (8) (Record 0-1)
- Tomas Berdych CZE (6) (Record 0-1)
- Roger Federer SUI (2) (Record 2-0)
- Andy Murray GBR (5) (Record 1-1)
- Robin Soderling SWE (4) (Record 1-1)
- David Ferrer ESP (7) (Record 0-2)