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Soderling wins in Sweden, Chardy lifts Mercedes Cup

AP, BASTAD , SWEDEN

Jeremy Chardy of France watches the ball before playing a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania during the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Robin Soderling beat Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to win the Swedish Open on Sunday for his fourth ATP Tour title and the first on clay.

The second-seeded Soderling became the first Swedish winner of the tournament since 2000 when his coach, Magnus Norman, won the title.

“I’m so happy, I wouldn’t trade this victory for a Grand Slam,” Soderling said.

The 12th-ranked Soderling did not drop a set in his four matches at Bastad.

He broke for a 1-0 lead in the second set and had a break point for 4-1, but he let Monaco back in the match when his serve deserted him in the eighth game. Monaco broke back to 4-4 after Soderling hit a backhand wide.

Leading 5-4, the unseeded Argentine reached set point when Soderling fell behind 30-40, but he managed to hold his serve after hitting a forehand winner in the corner.

Soderling took command early in the tie-breaker and never trailed.

He moved to 6-2 and won it on his third match point when Monaco netted a return.

MERCEDES CUP

REUTERS, STUTTGART, GERMANY

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy battled back from a set down to beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Stuttgart on Sunday and clinch his maiden tour title in style.

Ranked 43rd, the 22-year-old recovered from an error-ridden first set to whip Hanescu into submission with his thundering forehand and some clever volleying.

■PRAGUE OPEN

AP, PRAGUE

Sybille Bammer of Austria beat top-seeded Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Prague Open.

“It was very difficult and windy, she [Schiavone] has a very accurate top-spin game and I am very happy I won,” Bammer said.

■PALERMO OPEN

AP, PALERMO, ITALY

Flavia Pennetta routed Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Palermo Open in an all-Italian final.

The top-seeded Pennetta did not drop a set all week on the red clay courts of the Country Time Club.

It was Pennetta’s seventh career title, six of them on clay.

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