Soderling, Tsonga to meet in Rotterdam final

Robin Soderling will defend his title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

The top-seeded Swede rallied from 4-1 down to dismiss Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, breaking the Serb twice in each set Saturday.

The eighth-seeded Tsonga dispatched two-time finalist Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the first semifinal.

Soderling won the Brisbane title in January and is 3-0 against Tsonga, who is trying to end a 15-month title drought.

With Ljubicic serving for the second set at 5-3, Tsonga forced another break then won the decisive tiebreaker. A cross-court forehand put the Frenchman into the final.

”His returns were really clever, but I also had an advantage because I served well,” Tsonga said. ”It’s never easy to play against Ivan.”

Nicolas Escude was the last player to successfully defend the Rotterdam title in 2002.