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Soderling wins Rotterdam final



Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Sports Network) - Robin Soderling won his second straight ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title Sunday by defeating Jo- Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. It marked the first time that Soderling had defended a title in his career.

The top-seeded Soderling also claimed his second crown of the season, as he had bested Andy Roddick at the Australian Open tuneup in Brisbane. He is 8-10 all-time in ATP finals, including 2-1 in Rotterdam. In addition to last year's win over Mikhail Youzhny, he also lost in the 2008 finale to Michael Llodra.

The 26-year-old Swede improved to 14-2 at Rotterdam by breaking Tsonga to take a 5-3 lead in the final set. He then served out the match, punctuating his win with an ace to claim his sixth career indoor crown.

"I like it here a lot," an elated Soderling said. "It suits my game and when you come to a place where you've played well before, it brings out good feelings. Of course, it's tough trying to defend the title and it adds some extra pressure, but I felt good."

Tsonga is 5-2 all-time in title matches, with his other loss coming in the 2008 Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic. He played in an ATP final for the first time since winning his last title at the 2009 Tokyo event.

Soderling owns a lifetime record of 4-0 against Tsonga and has dropped only one set in the four matches. The two had last met before Sunday in the round of 16 at the 2010 Indian Wells Masters.

"Today, I played better than in other matches against him," Tsonga said. "I played a good match today. It was difficult, of course, because he played unbelievable. He didn't miss many things. I had to play my best tennis to win some games and break him, so it was difficult. At the end he just played better than me."

He earned $380,000 by winning the tournament.

02/13 12:41:36 ET

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