Soderling reaches fourth round

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, Last Updated: 4:14 PM ET

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling was an easy third-round winner Saturday at the U.S. Open.

The fifth-seeded Soderling whipped Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 on Day 6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Swedish slugger reached the "Sweet 16" in 1 hour , 52 minutes, as De Bakker piled up 35 unforced errors and had his serve broken six times by the ultra-aggressive Soderling.

The Swede advanced amid very windy conditions on Saturday.

"It was difficult conditions," Soderling said. "I told myself before the match, It's not gonna be pretty. I think during the circumstances, I played a pretty good match."

Soderling lost to world No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal in this year's French Open final and gave way to former top-ranked stalwart Roger Federer in last year's Roland Garros finale.

Up next for Soderling will be 21st-seeded Spaniard Albert Montanes, who was leading Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-1 when the Japanese retired due to a groin injury on Court 11.

Acrobatic 17th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils secured a spot in the fourth round with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 victory over Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who stunned American favorite Andy Roddick in the second round here. The oft-injured Monfils is enjoying his best Grand Slam result of 2010 so far.

Another Frenchman reached the fourth round, as former top-10 star Richard Gasquet grounded South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. Gasquet will face Monfils in an all-French affair next time out.


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