Robin Soderling

Nadal Wears Down Djokovic to Win Ninth French Open Title

June 8, 2014

Rafael Nadal won his record-extending ninth French Open title Sunday afternoon, defeating a game Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a contest more akin to a heavyweight title bout than a tennis match. As the match progressed it appeared whoever could deliver the most body blows would ultimately be the winner. In the end […]

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Nadal Fillets Ferrer for Eighth French Open Crown

June 9, 2013

Commentator and tennis great John McEnroe likened today’s French Open final to a heavyweight versus middleweight boxing match. Rocky Marciano against Sugar Ray Leonard, if you will. It was to a degree. Rafael Nadal pummeled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 this afternoon to capture his eighth French Open title in damp, heavy conditions […]

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Nadal Goes for Eight at French Open

May 26, 2013

It’s springtime in Paris. Strolls along the Seine. Cafe and baguettes. Roland Garros and terre battue. And the most physically demanding tournament of the four tennis majors. Welcome to the French Open, which starts today. Defending champion and seven-time title holder Rafael Nadal, winner of six tournaments and 36 of 38 matches this year, is […]

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Nadal Defeats Djokovic for Record Seventh French Open Title

June 11, 2012

Rafael Nadal won a record-setting seventh French Open Monday afternoon, besting Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a final spanning two days and halted three times by rain. World No. 2 Nadal improved to 52-1 at Roland Garros, while capturing his 11th Grand Slam title and breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg for most […]

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Djokovic and Murray Primed to Meet in U.S. Open Final

August 28, 2011

Picking a winner for the U.S. Open, which begins tomorrow, is more complicated than it was three weeks ago when the Rogers Cup began in Montreal. The top four players — really, the only serious contenders — were competing for the first time since Wimbledon in back-to-back Masters Series events leading up to the last […]

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Nadal Defeats Federer for Sixth French Title

June 5, 2011

“Absolutely relentless.” Those were the words commentator John McEnroe used to describe Rafael Nadal today. Nadal defeated Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final of the French Open this afternoon to win his sixth title in Paris, equaling Bjorn Borg’s all-time record. The 25-year-old Spaniard improved to 45-1 at Roland Garros, while […]

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French Qualifier Robert Upsets Berdych at Roland Garros

May 23, 2011

Unheralded journeyman Stephane Robert scored the biggest upset of Day 2 at the French Open this afternoon, defeating No. 6-ranked Tomas Berdych 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 9-7 in a first round match. It was a day of firsts for the 31-year-old French qualifier, ranked No. 140 in the world. Until Monday, Robert had never won […]

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Djokovic Looks to Continue Streak at Sony Ericsson

March 25, 2011

Red-hot Novak Djokovic puts his 20 match winning streak on the line tonight in a second-round match against Denis Istomin at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Nole, like all the seeds, received a first-round bye. The Serb, then ranked No. 3, extended his unbeaten run by rallying from a set down to defeat top-ranked […]

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Australian Open Men’s Quarterfinal Picks

January 24, 2011

And now there are eight. The men’s quarterfinals are set at the Australian Open. All but two of the top eight seeds made it through four rounds to play another day. In the top half of the draw, top-seeded Rafael Nadal meets No. 7 seed David Ferrer and No. 5 seed Andy Murray plays unseeded […]

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Nalbandian Merits Comeback Player of the Year Props

December 5, 2010

David Nalbandian didn’t win ATP Comeback Player of the Year, but in my opinion the former world No. 3 Argentine was the most deserving of the four players nominated for 2010. The award, voted on by ATP players, was presented two weeks ago. Mardy Fish, Robin Haase and Kei Nishikori were the other nominees. Dutchman […]

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