Soderling backs up Nadal upset, reaches French SF

Updated: 02 June 2009 14:30 IST

Robin Soderling of Sweden has followed up his French Open upset of Rafael Nadal by beating Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals.

Soderling backs up Nadal upset, reaches French SF

Paris:

Robin Soderling of Sweden has followed up his French Open upset of Rafael Nadal by beating Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals.

The 23rd-seeded Soderling won the first five games on Tuesday and never was in trouble during a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over the 10th-seeded Davydenko.

Soderling was making his debut in the quarterfinals of a major tournament after ending four-time defending champion Nadal's record 31-match Roland Garros winning streak. Soderling stunned Nadal in four sets in the fourth round.

Soderling has never won a clay-court tournament. He faces No. 3 Andy Murray or No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez next.

It was Davydenko's ninth career Grand Slam quarterfinal. He was a French Open semifinalist in 2005 and 2007.



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