French Open Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Robin Soderling [UPDATED]
Nadal vs. Soderling: Four-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and fifth seed Robin Soderling of Sweden will battle it out for the 2010 French Open title at Court Philippe Chatrier this afternoon and tennis fans around the globe are eager to witness this exciting matchup.
In the semifinals, Soderling defeated Tomas Berdych in five sets, while Nadal edged out Jurgen Melzer in straight sets. The ‘Man from Majorca’ earned his only loss to date at Roland Garros in the fourth round against the Swede last year and most pundits are looking forward to Nadal’s revenge.
The 24-year-old was not at his best that day. His serves were a little slower and his shots a little shorter because of aching knees. This year, Rafa has not lost a set at Roland Garros and Spanish reporters say they have never seen him so focused.
Nadal admitted he was apprehensive before the tournament and now is relieved, because he’s in the final. The Spaniard is 202-16 over his career on clay, while Soderling is only 67-45. The Swede is not hugely popular, so Nadal knows he will be the clear favorite in this match.
But, Soderling said: “It’s always good to have beaten a player before. I know that I can beat him. I showed it.”
Rafa is aiming to become only the second man in history after tennis legend Bjorn Borg to win five or more French Open titles. And if he wins today, he will replace Roger Federer as the top-ranked player next week. However, Borg has backed Soderling to beat the four-time champion and said that the Swede’s performance against Federer in the quarterfinals was the best he had ever seen from the 25-year-old.
UPDATE: Rafael Nadal claimed his fifth French Open title with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Robin Soderling. The netter from Span finished the final match in just two hours and 18 minutes to reclaim his Roland Garros crown.