In this Tennis Buzz #3, a look at Soderling and Rafter‘s wins in Bercy and Sydney.

It’s a well deserved victory for Soderling, who defeated Simon, Wawrinka, Roddick, Llodra and Monfils to capture his first Masters 1000 title.

“I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title. When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Following his win, he reached a career high number 4 ranking.

Robin Soderling

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Robin Soderling won his first Masters 1000 title by beating Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (1) in the Paris Bercy Masters.
Soderling became the first Swede to win a Masters since Thomas Enqvist at Cincinnati in 2000.

Some photos and videos of his quarterfinal win over Andy Roddick.

Robin Soderling

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2009 runner-up Gael Monfils qualified for the semifinals after victories over Becker, Verdasco and Murray. He then beat Roger Federer in a three set thriller 7-6 6-7 7-6, and will meet Robin Soderling in final.

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

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Robin Soderling defeats Andy Roddick 7-5 6-4:

Roddick beat Soderling twice this year (in Indian Wells and Cincinnati) but this time he was completely outplayed by Soderling and was dominated in every area of the game. The Swede served better, returned better, his groundstrokes were more accurate and powerful.

Robin Soderling

Andy Roddick

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Fernando Verdasco was defeated by Gael Monfils in the third round. He wasted 2 match points in the second set and kind of gave the service break and the match to Monfils after 2 big forehand errors in the third set.

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

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