French Open 2011: Two-Time Finalist Robin Soderling Subdues Ryan Harrison
Ryan Harrison found his way into the 2011 French Open draw as a “lucky loser.” He did not, however, play like a loser in his opening round contest against last year’s finalist, Swede Robin Soderling.
The No. 5 seed Soderling, who is attempting to make his third consecutive trip to the French Open final, will be hoping that the third time will prove to be a charm for him in 2011.
In 2009 the Swede lost to Roger Federer in the final after Soderling had taken out defending champion Rafael Nadal in round four.
Last year Soderling again made it to the final where he lost to Nadal after the Swede dismissed defending champion Federer in the quarterfinals.
Winning it all in 2011 is Soderling’s goal.
First, however, he needed to get by Harrison which he did in four sets 6-1, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and forty-eight minutes.
It was the second time these two had met this year with Soderling winning the first contest in Brisbane.
Soderling won the first set easily. In the second set, however, Harrison made a match of it by breaking Soderling in the second set, going up to 4-2 before the Swede broke back to level the set at 4-4. In the tie-break, Harrison managed to edge out Soderling 7-5.
Not playing his best tennis, Soderling managed to win this contest in four sets, having to hold off a charging Harrison in set four.
Soderling will next play Spaniard Albert Ramos in the second round.
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