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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 | 11:44 PM
Roger:
Tu para mi siempre serás el mejor, eres el mejor de toda la historia.
Mucha suerte en Wimbledon..descansa...
Abrazos y besos..
=O)
06/06/2010 | 11:13 PM
WIMBLEDON IS UR GARDEN ROGER..SO, HOPE U WILL BE BACK AT STYLE THERE...CHEERS....17th MAJOR WAITING FOR U AT WIMBLEDON ' 10....
06/06/2010 | 10:03 PM
The new order:

Nadal, Rafael ESP 1 8700
Federer, Roger SUI 2 8390
Djokovic, Novak SRB 3 6675
Murray, Andy GBR 4 5385
Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 5 4785
Soderling, Robin SWE 6 4755
Roddick, Andy USA 7
06/06/2010 | 09:59 PM
Don't worry much champ, you'll do better on next! You love challenges and we too! You are a real fighter and still very human :) :) that makes you special! it is a joy watching you playing!
all best
val
06/06/2010 | 09:34 PM
It would be xtremely diff for Roger to get back no:1 this yr unless Nadal stops playing for the rest of the yr.

Roger gains pts if he crosses Canada Masters, if he wins US open, if he wins Basel, if he goes to Shanghai and wins, plays Paris Masters and
06/06/2010 | 09:02 PM
Roger you become n.2 today but you are n.1 in our heart.you are a legend.Do you know what is the meaning of legend?.I know.That meaning that you did and you will do every thing in tennis.We trust you and we know that you deserve to win wimbeldon.I miss yo
06/06/2010 | 08:51 PM
I meant, that YOU will always be the best in history, no doubt about that !!!
06/06/2010 | 08:48 PM
Everybody is dissapoited,but Robin played with 101% with his tennis skills, and that wasnt your day ROger, but i will awlays be the best tennis player in history and we are sure that you will win Wimbledon!!!! Go RoGeR!!!
06/06/2010 | 08:46 PM
rogerji,

i hope u will bounce back as no.1... i'll pray for u...
06/06/2010 | 08:35 PM
FED IS ALREADY IN HALLE HE STARTS
TUESDAY 16.00 CET