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Verdasco rolls; Soderling injured

Updated: January 14, 2010, 1:33 AM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Spain's Fernando Verdasco emerged as a strong contender for next week's Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of world No. 3 Novak Djokovic to book a place in the final of the Kooyong Classic on Thursday.

However, the tournament was hit by two withdrawals that could have a big impact on the first Grand Slam of the year when world No. 8 Robin Soderling and U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro both fell victim to injury.

Soderling retired hurt ...

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