The 2009 Roland Garros men’s singles champion – Roger Federer, was defeated Robin Soderling in the quarter finals at Roland Garros 2010. Soderling was the better player on the day and won in 4 sets as predicted here at OCA. Click this link -> Men’s Quarter Final Preview. Soderling won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The other men’s singles quarter final results at the 2010 Roland Garros event were:
- (15) Tomas Berdych d. (11) Mikhail Youzhny
- (22) Jurgen Melzer d. (3) Novak Djokovic
- (2) Rafael Nadal d. (19) Nicolas Almagro
Federer had beaten Soderling in all 12 of their matches through to the end of 2009 including his straight sets win in last year’s Roland Garros Men’s Singles Final.
After the match the 16 time Grand Slam singles champion said, “I really felt like he played great. He was able to hit consistently through the ball, and on the offensive I put them close to the lines. That’s something, you know, that was impressive.”
After the rain delay at 1 set all and 5 games all in the 3rd set, Soderling produced the goods at the key time. The 25 year old Swede said afterwards, “the balls got heavy, but I played good matches in this kind of conditions in the past, and I think it suits my game pretty well. It was a little bit slower, but I managed to serve really well and take the ball early. It helped me a lot.”
Federer said afterwards, “I thought he came up with some great tennis. It’s a touch easier to digest this way. He played aggressively and kept on coming. When the conditions got heavier when we came back from the rain delay, he played well.”
Soderling has defeated the defending champion and World No.1 on centre court two years in a row now at Roland Garros and handing Federer his 1st defeat before the semi final stage in a Grand Slam singles tournament since the 2004 Roland Garros event.
All credit must go to Soderling and his attitude. He says he always believes he can win against any opponent and that he is not celebrating too much because he needs to focus on his next match.
The 1.93m current World No.7 is looking to make the final for the 2nd year in a row. He has to move on and perform again to defeat Tomas Berdych who dismantled Soderling 6-2 6-2 in their last meeting at Miami just 2 months ago.
After his performances at Roland Garros over the past 2 years he would be a very worthy winner. If he can go all the way this year he will move up to No.4 and become only the 3rd player to win a Grand Slam singles title besides Federer or Rafael Nadal since Nadal’s 1st title at Roland Garros 2005.
Soderling is aiming to become the 1st Swede to win a Grand Slam singles title since Thomas Johansson won the 2002 Australian Open. Prior to the Stefan Edberg’s 1992 US Open win was the last Swedish victory. Mats Wilander was the last Swede to win at Roland Garros when he won his 3rd French title in 1988.
In the 2004 Roland Garros event Gustavo Kuerten defeated Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and 4 minutes in the 3rd round. From that point on the 1.85m Federer made it to at least the semi finals in 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. The Swiss who turns 29 in a couple of months had also made it to the final of the last 8 Grand Slams.
Federer’s ability to perform at a consistently high level is unsurpassed proving that any talk of his demise from the game after this defeat should be ignored.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Roland Garros Championships for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Roland Garros: French Open 2010 May 18 – June 6.
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