Getting interesting for the 2-time finalist. Simon got the frenzied homecrowd and is a solid clay player.
H2H is 4-2 Soderling and he won the latest meeting 6-4, 6-0 but that was on the fast Paris indoor court.
I would have laughed out loud at that a year ago, but Gilles really has moulded himself into a solid clay player.
Soderling loves a high bouncing ball so he can just smash down winners, so Gilles needs to keep the ball low with his flat strokes and look to move it around and redirect Sod's pace. Should be a really interesting match.