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Posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tennis: Soderling wins ABN Amro after Youzhny retires hurt


Associated Press

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands Robin Soderling won the ABN Amro final Sunday when former champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia retired because of a thigh injury.

The third-seeded Soderling, who finished second to Michael Llodra two years ago, became the first Swedish winner of the indoor tournament since Anders Jarryd in 1993.

He dropped serve in the first game of the match but broke back immediately. The Swede broke twice more in the first set and once in the second to lead 6-4, 2-0.

Youzhny eventually decided he couldn't continue, giving Soderling his fifth career title.

In the semifinals, Soderling beat second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and Youzhny defeated top-seeded Novak Djokovic.