Roger Federer booked semifinal spot

Roger once again displayed great tennis today, defeating Robin Söderling 7-6(5), 6-3 and is the first player to book his spot in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Söderling tried to dominate Roger with his serve today but the sheer class of our champ showed through. The first set was pretty close with Roger taking it 7-6(5) and it is at this point that he looked like he had put his foot down on the gas. The second set saw Roger get into his stride and play some of those lovely ground strokes that we love. He broke in the eighth game with a couple of classy points and completed his 15th victory in 16 encounters with Soderling in 88 minutes. Roger's variation of play and his serve were outstanding.

“I’m happy I was able to come out today and play a good, tough, solid match against a player who I thought was in good shape,” said Federer, who can match Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras by winning the season-ender for the fifth time.

“I purposely didn’t want to know the calculations before today’s match. Losing is never a solution to trying to win a tournament. That’s why I’m happy that all three matches, straight sets, no wasted energy. I’m playing really well.

“But the tournament’s not over yet. This is really when it starts for me,” added Federer.

He will now play the player coming second in group A on Saturday.

Date: 25.11.2010, Source: RF Official and Reuters


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