Soderling, Ferrer to settle Swedish Open title; Ferrero in All-Spanish final in Stuttgart
Top-seeded Swedish crowd favorite Robin Soderling will make his third straight Bastad finale appearance after subduing third-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the Swedish Open Saturday. Soderling, who captured this event in 2009 and was last year's runner-up to Nicolas Almagro, knocked out two-time Bastad finalist Berdych in 6-1, 6-0 fashion.
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Top-seeded Swedish crowd favorite Robin Soderling will make his third straight Bastad finale appearance after subduing third-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the Swedish Open Saturday.
Soderling, who captured this event in 2009 and was last year's runner-up to Nicolas Almagro, knocked out two-time Bastad finalist Berdych in 6-1, 6-0 fashion.
The world No. 5 Soderling will be aiming for his fourth title of the season against Spaniard David Ferrer, who is seeded second this week
Ferrer vanquished his fourth-seeded countryman Almagro 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the championship.
The No. 6 ranked Ferrer, who owns two titles this year, will attempt to reclaim the Bastad crown, which he won in 2007.
At the Mercedes Cup semis, unseeded former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero prevailed over a gutsy Federico Del Bonis in straight sets to book a place in the final.
The former French Open champion Ferrero came back from a set down to oust his Argentine challenger, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Ferrero will battle Pablo Andujar in an All-Spanish finale in Stuttgart.
Andujar needed three sets in ousting Polish wild card Lukasz Kubot in the semifinal Saturday.
Meanwhile at the Palermo International tennis event, surging Slovenian Polona Hercog toppled No. 1 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy in straight sets to set a final showdown against Anabel Medina Garrigues.
The seventh-seeded Hercog, who dominated the clay-court event in Bastad last week, thumped former Palermo champ Pennetta, 6-2, 6-2.
Pennetta ruled this event in 2009 and was last year’s runner-up to Kaia Kanepi.
Medina Garrigues, on the other hand, will be shooting for her fifth Palermo title against Hercog.
The fifth-seeded Medina Garrigues, who owns 10 career WTA titles, advanced after evicting eighth-seeded Czech Petra Cetkovska 7-5, 6-3
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Bondarenko also completed her postponed quarterfinal bout with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-1 Saturday.
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