Federer Defeats Soderling Behind Magnificent Serves

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Roger Federer hit a decent lob over the head of Robin Soderling, and it looked like it hit a wall. The ball stopped, bounced and moved another foot closer to net before Soderling, now easily in position, rifled a forehand that Federer couldn't keep in the court.

On consecutive points, two of the world's best players shanked shots off their frames. The flag above Arthur Ashe Stadium was flat-out stiff for most of their quarterfinal match, with the wind blowing consistently between 18 and 20 miles per hour and gusting close to 30.

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