Nice Open: Rochus sends Soderling packing

Nice: Robin Soderling, last year`s French Open finalist, was knocked out of the Nice Open in the second round by Olivier Rochus.

The Belgian, ranked 60th in the world, upset the Swedish top seed in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

"To beat a Top Ten player doesn`t happen everyday," beamed unseeded Rochus, 29.

"It was a great performance, especially as Robin`s game doesn`t suit me, he hits the ball very hard."

Rochus recovered from the loss of the opening set to progress to the quarter-finals despite only producing four aces compared to 15 for Soderling.

The turning point came with Soderling leading 2-1 in the second set and break point for the Swede only for Rochus to produce one of his four aces.

After levelling the match at one set all Rochus raced to a 4-0 lead in the deciding set, resisting Soderling`s fightback to close out the match 6-4.

Soderling avoided the traditional post-match press conference, preferring instead to hop into an organisers` car bound for the airport.

As for Rochus he heads now for a last eight date with Richard Gasquet, the French star who won his second round encounter with Ukraine`s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

"This is our fifth meeting in the last six weeks," noted Rochus, who lost to Gasquet in Bordeaux last week.

Bureau Report

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