Roger Federer plays Robin Soderling in the final Group A match at the Barclays ATP World Finals.
It’s a day when all the various mathematical permutations come into play with all four players still theoretically in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. Soderling badly needs to shock Federer this afternoon to put some serious pressure on Andy Murray.
After his calamitous straight sets defeat at the hands of the Britsh player on Sunday, Soderling bounced back strongly on Tuesday night, grinding out a baseline slugfest with David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5. Soderling produced a much improved serving performance against the Spaniard but he was still struggling to hit through him on the slowish indoor surface.
He faces an uphill battle against Federer who has been in supreme form this week, destroying Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday and the Swiss will be determined to secure the top spot in the group by winning today.
Federer has also won 14 of his 15 matches against Soderling and that is some psychological advantage to take into a match this big. Soderling ended Federer’s French Open reign in a thrilling quarter-final clash back in June but the Swiss has beaten him twice since – 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the US Open quarters and emphatically 6-1, 6-1 at the Shanghai Masters.
Federer vs Soderling begins this afternoon at 14.00 GMT