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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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06/06/2010 | 03:51 PM
Es una pena que no pudiera ganarle al sueco. duele que vuelva perder el puesto 1, si Nadal gana RG, pero confio en que rapidamente vuelva al puesto que creo le corresponde
06/06/2010 | 12:53 PM
I cant find any words to show my sadness for you dear Roger... dont be upset.. we are always with you!!

Zeynep
06/06/2010 | 12:46 PM
Hi Roger, I am so sorry for the loss in Paris - you
were doing so well but conditions and playing in rain not pleasant. You are gracious in defeat as you are when you win - a real gentleman and still
the greatest player. I look forward to Wimbledon
an
06/06/2010 | 12:20 PM
Dear Roger,

I'm from China, far far way from you. And this is the first time i post words here.

And this moment is really special not because i register a fan's ID here, just because 2hrs and 45mins later the final will start. God didn't help you to
06/06/2010 | 10:19 AM
i dont like this soderling at all he is so gellous from federer always and did his maximum effort to win roger once in his life but i really hope that today this robin will beat nadal so that my hero roger will remain nr 1 in the world i do pray for thi
06/06/2010 | 07:19 AM
Even if Nadal loses tomorrow, Roger will be hving his no:1 for not more than 1-4 weeks for max. Only good thing about Nadal's loss - not abother GS to his pool and Roger equaling Sampras. If Nadal loses tomorrow but wins Queens next week, he is no: 1 next
06/06/2010 | 05:42 AM
The 23 SF Streak -- yet another reason Roger Federer is the greatest athlete in the world!

[1]WIM’04: Alex Bogdonovic, Alejandro Falla, Thomas Johansson, Ivo Karlovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Sebastian Grosjean
[2]USO’04: Alberto Costa, Marcos Baghdatis, Fabr
06/06/2010 | 03:08 AM
jennico**Thanks for all the info on Roger.I will be watching him if I can get him on TV or the computer.I would very much like to see Robin beat Rafa right into the ground.Also I don't want Roger to lose his number one ranking as I know it means a lot to
06/06/2010 | 12:53 AM
I AM PRAYING THAT SODERLING WILL TAKE THE TITLE TOMORROW AT RG...NOT BECAUSE I AM A FAN OF HIS DIRTY PLAYING, BUT I WANT SO MUCH FOR ROGER TO KEEP HIS NO1 RANKING...I KNOW IT MEANS A LOT TO HIM!!!
BREAKING SAMPRAS'RECORD WOULD WARM HIS HEART AND HELP RE-
06/05/2010 | 08:13 PM
Dear roger,,I hope you are feeling good and practisingwell for wimbledon. since your defeat against sodering in quater,I have not watched FO but i have got to watch tommow final,,,absolutely i hope sodering beats rafa,,,,,, so you can keep your ranking