Federer, Soderling in quarters

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STOCKHOLM -- Top seeds Roger Federer and Swedish favorite Robin Soderling highlighted Thursday's second-round winners at the Stockholm Open.

The former top-ranked Swiss great Federer leveled American Taylor Dent 6-1, 6-2 in a mere 50 minutes, while the second-seeded French Open runner-up Soderling subdued German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-3 in 65 minutes on the indoor hardcourts at Royal Tennis Hall. Federer played in his 900th career ATP-level match (727-173) on Thursday.

The 16-time major champion Federer was last week's Shanghai Masters runner-up to Andy Murray, who lost to the super Swiss in this year's Australian Open finale.

Up next for Federer will be good friend and fifth-seeded fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, while Soderling's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be German Florian Mayer. Soderling reached finals here in 2003 and 2008.

Another seeded victor on Day 4 was No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic, who handled French veteran Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4.

Two other results saw Croatian qualifier Ivan Dodig paste German Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-1 and former top-five American James Blake top German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2). The wild card Blake was a back-to-back Stockholm titlist in 2005 and 2006.

The other quarterfinals will pit Ljubicic against Dodig and Blake versus Finn Jarkko Nieminen, who was the runner-up at this event in 2001 and 2006, Blake beat Nieminen in the '06 finale here.


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