Federer cements place in elite

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World No.2 Roger Federer completed his collection of Grand Slam titles, becoming the sixth male player to do so, with a straight sets victory over Sweden’s Robin Soderling.

The Swiss maestro drew level with Pete Sampras on 14 majors as he clinched his first Roland Garros crown by posting a 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 victory in Paris.

Federer never looked in danger the moment he broke Soderling, the fourth-round conqueror of Rafael Nadal, in the opening game and was never broken himself.

The 27 year-old, who was playing in his 19th Grand Slam final, could not have wished for a better start under the dark skies. Indeed rain came pouring down for the majority of the encounter.

Soderling, playing in his first major final, looked nervous and his opponent trounced on available opportunities.

The Swiss just dropped one point from his first three service games before the Swede managed to get his name on the scoreboard in the fifth game.

In the seventh game, Soderling had two set points against him where he saved one with a magnificent serve but on the second, Federer whipped a backhand for the set.

The second was a tougher affair, with neither player breaking serve until Federer served down four aces in the tie-break to clinch the second set in style.

By the time Soderling had found his form, it proved too late as he was broken in the fourth game of the third set which proved decisive.

Serving for the match at 5-4, Federer went break point down but his opponent failed to capitalise and hit a return to the net two points later, handing Federer the title.


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