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Soderling upsets Roddick, Davenport in Memphis final

Soderling had been only 7-19 against top 10 players, a record that included a victory over No. 7 Richard Gasquet this week.

sports Updated: Mar 01, 2008 21:53 IST

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Robin Soderling upset top-seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships quarterfinals, ending the American's bid to win in consecutive weeks.

Roddick won at San Jose last week and went into the quarterfinal 10-1 this season, ranked sixth in the world.

Soderling had been only 7-19 against top 10 players, a record that included a victory over No. 7 Richard Gasquet this week.

But the eighth-seeded Swede served up 16 aces and won all but nine points on his serve and 14 of 18 on his second serve on Friday.

Soderling, the runner-up in Rotterdam last week, did not face one break point and hasn't been broken in three matches.

Roddick said Soderling outplayed him in what he thought would be his toughest match this week.

"You look at his career record indoors. I think he's over 3-1 in wins to losses. Outdoors, I think he's flirting with .500," Roddick said. "I definitely don't think that's coincidence. You see his toss, it almost brings rain. There's no doubt he's one of the best indoor players."

Soderling will play fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek, who beat Chris Guccione of Australia 7-6 (4), 6-1. Stepanek was runner-up in San Jose last week.

Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman saved a match point in beating American teenager Donald Young 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) and will play Steve Darcis of Belgium, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Benjamin Becker of Germany.

On the women's side, fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport beat qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-0, 6-3 in 57 minutes.

Davenport, who already had beaten Erakovic in a doubles here 6-0, 6-0, will meet fifth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus on Saturday in the final of the Cellular South Cup. Govortsova downed last year's runner-up Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Soderling won the tiebreak by serving up an ace, then watched Roddick hit a poor return.

The Swede had 10 chances to break Roddick, and he finally broke the American again in the seventh game of the second set. With Soderling holding the advantage, Roddick double-faulted to fall behind 4-3 and threw his racket to the court.

Soderling broke Roddick again to win the match, converting on his second match point when Roddick hit into the net.

Bjorkman, 36 next month, saved a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker with a strong service winner. Bjorkman won the next point with a good backhand after a volley, and then 18-year-old Young finished it himself by hitting a backhand into the net before throwing his racket.

It will be Bjorkman's first semifinals since June at Nottingham. The owner of six ATP singles titles and 10 Grand Slam doubles titles, he is making his season debut here after staying home for the birth of his second child.

Darcis has reached his second career semis. The first were last July at Amersfoort, Netherlands, where he won his maiden ATP title. Since then, Darcis hadn't won consecutive matches on the tour until this week.

Davenport will be going for her fourth title since giving birth to her son last June.

"I've expected to win every match and so to come through and perform is great," Davenport said of reaching the final.