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Game Point: What to watch for in Federer-Soderling quarterfinal

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When Roger Federer and Robin Soderling last played in a Grand Slam, the 16-time Grand Slam champion had his unprecedented streak of 23-straight major semifinals snapped by the up-and-coming Swede. On Wednesday night, the two men meet again in Arthur Ashe Stadium for a berth in the U.S. Open semis. Here are five things to watch:

Love -- The numbers don't fall in Soderling's favor. Before that French Open match, he was 0-12 against Federer and 0-6 on hard courts. Federer is also 15-0 lifetime in night matches played in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

15 -- One of those six wins for Federer came at the same point in last year's tournament. In the 2009 quarters, the Swiss star defeated Soderling 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6). Federer would go on to the finals before losing to Juan Martin del Potro, the first loss he had suffered at the U.S. Open since 2003.

30 -- Not surprisingly, the oddsmakers are siding with Federer in Wednesday evening's match. Soderling is a 7/2 favorite to win, compared to Federer who is getting 2/7 from various British websites. The game line is Federer -5.5.

40 -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hopes to be in attendance rooting on his fellow Swede Soderling.

Game -- Soderling has played giant killer at the French to both Nadal and Federer. Don't expect it again at the U.S. Open. Busted Racquet predicts a four-set victory for Fed.

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