Nadal Looks Strong, But Soderling Awaits

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Rafael Nadal, still searching for the form that brought him five titles at Roland Garros, on Monday looked like the champion we know him to be as he survived a fair test from Ivan Ljubicic to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

But the examination will only get bigger because Robin Soderling, who beat the Spaniard here two years ago in one of the greatest upsets of recent years, will be awaiting him. Soderling demolished Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 and will not fear Nadal in this form.

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