Soderling ready for big guns

Robin Soderling declared he is ready to face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal after continuing his breakneck advance through the Wimbledon draw.

Robin Soderling declared he is ready to face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal after continuing his breakneck advance through the Wimbledon draw.

Soderling, the sixth seed from Sweden, crushed Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 7-5 to set up a fourth-round clash with David Ferrer of Spain.

The 25-year-old French Open finalist has emerged as a contender for the title at SW19 after managing to not drop a set in three matches.

Soderling is one of only two players, alongside Juan Martin del Potro, to have beaten both Federer and Nadal in grand slam events and he fancies his chances against both greats.

“I’ve beaten them once before so I’m pretty confident that I can do it more times, though it’s not easy,” he said.

“They’re the two best players in the world. You must play really well and have a good day if you are to win. If I have that, I have a good chance.

“Roger is maybe the best player of all time but you can’t win every match and you can’t win forever. You have to lose sometime – even Roger has to do that.”

Ninth seed Ferrer beat Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5 6-3 4-6 3-6 7-5 and is braced for a challenging afternoon against world number six Soderling.

“It will be a very difficult match against Soderling. He serves really well and plays very fast. I will have to focus all the time,” said Ferrer.

Ferrer has matched his best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round.

France 32nd seed Julien Benneteau cruised past Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3.

Another Frenchman, Paul-Henri Mathieu, endured a gruelling contest against Thiemo De Bakker of Holland before emerging a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 winner.

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