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Soderling returns to Lyon final


 

Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:07

Soderling claimed the first of his two career titles on the indoor carpet at this event back in 2004.

If the 24-year-old can get past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau in Sunday’s final, he will have his first title since 2005.

While Soderling opened some eyes with his upset of top-seeded American Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals, Benneteau pulled off his own surprise on Saturday with a 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 win against third-seeded compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Benneteau will no doubt have the backing of the partisan crowd on Sunday as he attempts to win his first ATP singles title.

It would have been an all-French final if not for Simon’s setback against Soderling.

A three-time champion this season, Simon had been playing well of late with a runner-up effort last weekend at the Madrid Masters, where he stunned world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

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