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Roger stunned by Söderling

01.06.2010 | Tennis

Roger was upset by Sweden’s Robin Söderling at the French Open today, ending his record streak of 23 straight Grand Slam semifinals. Roger lost 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 4-6.

 

Roger started well and had everything well under control in the first set. But Söderling suddenly cranked up his response and took a 2-0 lead in the second, finally winning the set as both players held serve from there. Roger had a set point in the 10th game of the third set which unfortunately he could not make use of. Play was suspended with Roger leading 30-15 due to rain. After an interruption of over an hour, Roger eventually dropped his serve and then lost the set.

 

Roger seemed to come back in the final set as he took a 2-0 lead. But it wasn't long before the Swede pushed forward again, breaking back and eventually wrapping up the match after 2h 30min when Roger went long with a weary return.

 

The last time Roger did not reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament was in 2004, when he was evicted in Paris by Gustavo Kuerten. Today's defeat opens up the possibility that, should Rafael Nadal win the title, Roger will lose the top ranking just a week before equalling Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks at number one.

 
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06/09/2010 | 01:27 PM
Nowadays, other top plays have found their edges against Roger, i.e. Andy has big serve, Soderling has big serve and big forehand/backhand, Del Porto has big forehand. Nadal has both very good aggressive and defensive tactics and it has been proved that b
06/09/2010 | 05:35 AM
Hi Roger,

I'm disappointed too. But I believe that you'll always be a legend in tennis.

Best luck for grass season and win Wimbledon!

Take care.
-Enno-
06/09/2010 | 04:43 AM
Roger, you needed a bit of more luck. You did play good enough to win this match, but the rain just helped for Soderling. I think that you will be fine rest of this year. Please stay healthy and have fun. I just love to watch you playing.

Good luck!
06/09/2010 | 02:51 AM
FELICIDADES MI SOL ROOOOO STILL WINNING. Success in the coming, I LOVE YOU. KISSES TO THE FAMILY. ROSI DE ARGENTINA
06/09/2010 | 12:16 AM
Well, here we go again. Roger loses one match and Nadal wins the FO (which, after all, is not unexpected -- it is his best surface), and all of a sudden Roger is a farce, a pretender, arrogant, etc. Funny how Roger always seems to bounce back. Nadal hi
06/08/2010 | 06:08 PM
Federer only? won the French and reclaimed number cause of Nadal's injuries and family issues last year. He is a talentless pretender, an absolute farce. Thank God the joke is over.
06/08/2010 | 02:35 PM
Roger, we´re always very proud of you, because more than a good player, you´re the best person that I know you.
We hope the best in Winbledon and there will be with you.
God bless you
06/08/2010 | 02:10 PM
Nadal wants to be greatest, of course. He beats Roger (king of tennis) when he wants, where he wants. I don`t think that Nadal and his team have respect for Roger after so many wins. Maybe, have respect for Roger`s achievement in tennis, but when he play
06/08/2010 | 12:20 PM
ear Roeger!!! I'm sure you'll again No 1!!!!!!!!!!!! ludmila from Poland
06/08/2010 | 04:16 AM
I would like to see the best player win in wimbledon.Roger pls. beat rafa in wimbledon '10.
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