Soderling and Cilic commit to Legg Mason

Friday, May 14, 2010

The field for the summer's Legg Mason Tennis Classic is taking shape, with top-12 players Robin Soderling of Sweden and Croatia's Marin Cilic committing to the hard-court tournament.

They'll be joined by American Sam Querrey (currently ranked 22nd), Stanislaw Wawrinka of Switzerland (23rd) and Gilles Simon of France (25th).

Top-ranked American Andy Roddick, 27, headlines the tournament, which he has won three times.

The 6-foot-6 Querrey, the defending U.S. Open Series champion, has claimed two titles this year (Memphis and Belgrade) and is a member of the U.S Davis Cup team.

Soderling stunned tennis fans worldwide by halting Rafael Nadal's bid for a fifth consecutive French Open title last May, with a four-set upset in the fourth round. Nadal, regarded as peerless on clay, had never lost a match at Roland Garros until falling to Soderling.

Cilic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open earlier this year, toppling Roddick and Juan Martín del Potro en route.

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic will be contested July 31 to Aug. 8 at the Williams H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. The tournament has attracted a higher caliber field since being designated one of the ATP World Tour 500 events, doubling its prize money to $1.4 million and tripling the number of world ranking points at stake.

-- Liz Clarke

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters with straight-set victories.

The top-ranked Federer beat Swiss countryman Stanislaw Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-1, and second-ranked Nadal beat big-serving American John Isner, 7-5, 6-4. . . .

Serena and Venus Williams are going to be back at the top of the rankings together for the first time in seven years.

The WTA Tour says that Venus Williams is assured of moving up to No. 2 on Monday, one spot behind younger sister Serena.

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