Soderling Crushes Benneteau, Davydenko Up Next
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff| 12.02.
© Getty Images Robin Soderling is looking to reach the Rotterdam final for a second time.
ATP World Tour No. 8 Robin Soderling
was in a ruthless mood Friday as he crushed Julien Benneteau
6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
, an ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court event in Rotterdam.
The Swede, who had endured successive first-round losses at the Aircel Chennai Open
(l. to Ginepri) and the Australian Open
(l. to Granollers) to start the season, showed he is back on top form in the 64-minute rout. The third seed converted all five break point chances he created, while saving the one threat he faced on serve, and won 22 of 32 points on Benneteau’s serve.
Soderling is bidding to reach the final in Rotterdam for the second time, after finishing runner-up to Michael Llodra
in 2008. On Saturday, the Tibro native, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros
(l. to Federer) last year, will take on World No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko
, who also impressed in a 6-3, 6-2 dismissal of Jurgen Melzer
Other articles have come out now with more insights and quotes from Robin:
"It's tough to say what to improve when you win like this, but I can improve parts of my game. I was lucky to get off to a fast start in the match.
"You can't think about the opponent's feelings - he would do exactly the same thing to me. Once you are up you have to stay really concentrated."
Soderling blew through in to the final four in just over an hour with five breaks of serve against Benneteau, ranked 38th.
The winner improved to 7-2 in Rotterdam, where he played the final two years ago against Frenchman Michael Llodra.
Soderling is into the semis along with top seed Novak Djokovic, who got through Thursday on a walkover when Florian Meyer pulled due to a hamstring pull..
French fourth seed Gael Monfils was aiming for the semis as he played sixth seed and 2007 champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Soderling said that losing in the first rounds of his only two ATP matches on January in Chennai and Melbourne could have been a blessing in disguise.
"I went home and I was finally able to rest, that was what I had needed after a long 2009 season. "This is the first time in months that I have felt like I was playing my best.
"I played much better today, my game feels like it's going in the right way. I have finally started feeling good and just hope it gets better and better."
Soderling now stands 4-2 over Benneteau, winning his fourth in a row.