Robin Soderling won his first ATP Masters 1000 title today, defeating Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 in the Paris Masters final. Soderling will now surpass Andy Murray as the ATP number 4-ranked player after clinching his sixth career title.
Soderling steamrolled Monfils in the first set with his powerful serve and forehand, barely giving Monfils a chance. In the second set, Monfils added some pressure to the Swede, taking him to a tie break. But the breaker was all the Swede.
An exuberant Soderling fell to the court on match point, and then got up to shake hands with Monfils and hug his team.
“Considering we’ve been in five finals, particularly our last one in Valencia where I thought we played really well, so I’m glad we were able to put ourselves in the same situation again this week and have come one round further. Any win gives you confidence and we’re happy that we’re in London. A week ago we were still battling for the spot. Now that we’re in there we’re healthy, we’re ready to go, we’re going to enjoy it, play hard and see what happens,” said Mirnyi.
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