Roddick outserved by Soderling at Paris Masters

November 12, 2010 10:21 AM
Robin Soderling defeated Andy Roddick to reach the semifinals in Paris.
PARIS (AP) - Andy Roddick was outserved by Robin Soderling, who fired 18 aces to win 7-5, 6-4 Friday and advance to the semifinals of the Paris Masters.
Soderling got off to a strong start on the fast center court, losing just one point on his first serve in the first 10 games.
Soderling broke Roddick for a 6-5 lead when the American buried a backhand into the net and threw his racket in anger after saving one break point with a crosscourt forehand winner.
Roddick then won a 39-shot rally that gave him a break point in the next game but Soderling saved it with a crosscourt forehand winner and celebrated with a fist pump.
The two-time French Open runner-up broke again in the first game of the second set and served out the match at love with an ace. He'll play Michael Llodra after the Frenchman defeated Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 7-5, 6-1.
"Against Andy, it's always just a matter of taking the chances you get," Soderling said. "I served pretty well. I could have put some more first serves in but my second serve was good and overall it was a good match."
Roddick said he might have lost focus after qualifying Thursday for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Soderling also qualified for the season-ending tournament, which starts Nov. 21.
"The last two weeks you're kind on pins and needles trying to qualify for this thing, and it might have been a little bit of mental letdown today, which is completely on me," Roddick said. "That's my fault. I should be professional enough not to have that."
Llodra and Davydenko traded breaks in the first set before the Frenchman won seven consecutive games for a 7-5, 5-0 lead.
Cheered by his son and France Davis Cup captain Guy Forget on the sideline, Llodra produced 30 winners and sealed his win with a serve on his second match point. He upset defending champion Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
"It was not easy to confirm my victory against Djokovic," Llodra said. "But I didn't want it to end there. It will be tough against Soderling, he is a great indoor specialist and he is full of confidence."
Later Friday, top-seeded Roger Federer will look to improve his best result in the tournament when he takes on Jurgen Melzer for a semifinal spot.
The remaining quarterfinal contest pits No. 3 Andy Murray against No. 12 Gael Monfils.