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Robin Soderling Upsets Andy Roddick In Memphis Quarterfinals
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 9:55pm CST USA
Robin Soderling Upsets Andy Roddick In Memphis Quarterfinals
Photo by Paul Sakuma/AP
MEMPHIS--( At the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Friday, top seeded Andy Roddick of the USA faced the eighth seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden, the player whom he said on Thursday would be his toughest competition for the week and came up just short.

Roddick held a set point at 6-5 in the first set tiebreaker, but ultimately lost 7-6(8-6), 6-3 to Soderling in one hour and twenty-five minutes.

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Roddick traded aces and groundstroke winners with Soderling to reach the tiebreaker after 40 minutes of play. After going ahead 2-1 and 6-5 in the tiebreaker, Roddick lost the lead as Soderling continued to force him to hit rare slice forehands and backhands with extreme angled groundstokes and early striking of the ball.

Up 6-5 with set point Roddick netted a backhand slice. A Soderling ace out wide left him at 7-6. Soderling took the tiebreaker on the next point as a Roddick forehand hit the net and fell wide.

In set two Roddick doublefaulted twice to lose serve to fall behind 3-4. Walking towards his chair, Roddick cracked his racket and then handed it to a fan which drew laughs from the pro Roddick crowd.

Seeing the finish line Soderling took the final two games quickly and never faced a breakpoint during the match.

"He played well," Roddick said. "I fought him off, fought him off, stayed alive there in the first set. Then I got my chance at 2-0 in the (tie)breaker and missed a couple of shots. In the second set, he got up a set... someone who's swinging that free, you give them a lead and they're going to release even more."

"The first set (was) really important," Soderling said, "especially when it's that close. I think I was a little closer than him in the first set. I had some breakpoints in the beginning. I had one set point at 5-4 so I think I deserved to win the first set."

Saturday in the semifinals Soderling takes on Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

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