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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 | 04:58 AM
Dear Norinchi,

The new member rate has increased to approx. 140 new members per 24 hours :-)

Yukimi
06/07/2010 | 04:49 AM
Dearest Friends & Fans,

It doesn't matter if Nadal gets Career Slam - Roger's already there - Nadal can't overtake roger cuz Rog has more Slams.

Of course if Nadal gets same year Grand Slam(won't happen !), THEN he'll overtake Roger in achievement
06/07/2010 | 04:46 AM
hi roger,
u r world no 2 now.i am literally crying.
don't lose hope roger but i love u always.
u r the winner of the remaining slams this year.
say hello to ur little girls.
love
dhivya
06/07/2010 | 04:41 AM
Best Wishes & Win Wimbledon!!
06/07/2010 | 03:57 AM
Roger only has himself to blame for losing the top rank. He was almost 5000 points ahead of Nadal 3 months ago. He played so indifferently and carelessly that he lost all those precious points. Hope this serves as a wake up call so he can display his beau
06/07/2010 | 01:43 AM
ROOOOOO HELLO MY BEAUTIFUL SUN. IS CLEAR THAT HURTS AND MUCH, BUT YOU LIKE WALKING IN THE CORNICE, strong emotions and challenges as well as to put FUN, trying to recover EL 1. WISH YOU ALL THE SUCCESS IN THE NEXT MEETING. On grass. I LOVE YOU. KISSES TO
06/07/2010 | 12:28 AM
i know how mad you all might feel, but we have to look at the picture in another way. fed is king of tennis. If I want fed to change a single thing , it will be his nerve that has to be control. I only notice that fed does play the big point or break poin
06/07/2010 | 12:13 AM
IT WAS THE MOST BORING FINAL I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.!!!
NADAL WON, BUT HE CERTAINLY DID'T PLAY HIS BEST...HE DIDN'T HAVE TO, IT WAS EVIDENT THAT SOD WAS EXHAUSTED FROM THE PREVIOUS MATCHES, EXPECIALLY THE ONE HE PLAYED AGAINST ROGER WHERE HE POURED H
06/07/2010 | 12:13 AM
IT WAS THE MOST BORING FINAL I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.!!!
NADAL WON, BUT HE CERTAINLY DID'T PLAY HIS BEST...HE DIDN'T HAVE TO, IT WAS EVIDENT THAT SOD WAS EXHAUSTED FROM THE PREVIOUS MATCHES, EXPECIALLY THE ONE HE PLAYED AGAINST ROGER WHERE HE POURED H
06/06/2010 | 11:49 PM
Dear Roger,

You may have lost your No.! ranking for now, but I'm sure you'll try your best to regain it and hopefully will be able to and eventually surpass Pete's record of 286 weeks
As for the SF streak being over, let's just be thankful and congrat