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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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06/07/2010 | 04:52 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Roger_Federer

"My dream was always to get number one in the world..and to win a grand slam,..Once.."
RF (2001)
"My main goals this year..get back Wimbledon..and number one.."(2009)
"...and
06/07/2010 | 04:46 PM
Dear Roger

Did you,know that the number of Registered Fans on your site has climbed to 301,117.???
We are so excited and so proud!!!
Those of us who love you win or lose, are presenting this special gift to you to warm your heart and put a lovely smi
06/07/2010 | 04:01 PM
Roger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do not know what to say,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, But I am sure and you will be back..........

Love you !!!!!!!!!!
06/07/2010 | 03:40 PM
WELL... RAFA IS BACK ON THE TOP. APPARENTLY THAT'S THE RIGHT PLACE FOR HIM TO BE. FEDERER ON THE OTHER HAND SEEMS TO BE GOING DOWN THE HILL SO TO SPEAK. I MEAN, UNLESS HE WINS WIMBY -VERY UNLIKELY- HE'S GONNA FALL TO THE NUMBER 3 OR 4 IN THE RANKINGS... R
06/07/2010 | 03:02 PM
"theluckyfed"I think this legend will win RG again.Iam sure.Are you with fed or not?
06/07/2010 | 02:45 PM
I'VE ALWAYS SAID THE ONLY WAY FED WAS GONNA WIN RG IS IF NADAL IS NOT HIS OPPONENT IN THE FINAL , THANK GOD HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HIS OPPORTUNITY LAST YEAR , BECAUSE FRANKLY IT WAS HIS "ONE AND ONLY" SHOT AT THE FRENCH OPEN , IT WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OP
06/07/2010 | 02:06 PM
it's really a pity to lose these match...but all of ur fans will support u..please remember that u have us..just do it in Germany
06/07/2010 | 02:03 PM
I was so disapointed, because Söderling lost his mental balance against Nadal yesterday and lost the final. I am not sorry for the Söderling but I'm sorry that you Roger lost your ranking 1 position before you hit Sampras's record.

The pure mathematica
06/07/2010 | 01:59 PM
class is far better than form and you r inform class player for past 6 years but sometime form can be lost but class is permanent , you r always my idol .
06/07/2010 | 12:50 PM
"Boting" p53.Thank you very much.
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