Nadal, Soderling to Face Off in French Open Final

Rafael Nadal will have a chance to avenge his lone French Open defeat when he takes on Robin Soderling in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday. Nadal and Soderling both hurdled their semifinal assignments on Saturday, setting up the titanic final.

Nadal continued his streak of not having dropped a set in the tournament, blitzing Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6, in another proof that the Spanish ace is in top form going into the final. Soderling, on the other hand, rallied from one set down to defeat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Soderling will be coming into the final against Nadal with the distinction of ending world No.1 Roger Federer’s short reign in the quarterfinals, avenging his final defeat last year. In Sunday’s final, it would be Soderling who will be at the receiving end of another man’s revenge as Nadal seeks his fifth French open crown. Soderling defeated Nadal in the semifinal last year, ending the Spaniards four-year French Open rule.