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Rafael Nadal Loses to Robin Soderling

PARIS - MAY 31:  A dejected Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he heads towards defeat during the Men's Singles Fourth Round match against Robin Soderling of Sweden on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
J LiContributor IOctober 12, 2016

I couldn't believe my eyes. I had just turned on the tv to find that Rafa was down two sets to one to Robin Soderling. That's right Robin Soderling. 

In the fourth set, Nadal was up 2-0, but Soderling broke back at love. The set saw many chances for Nadal, but he couldn't capitalize. The set eventually went to a tiebreak. Soderling got the first mini-break with a beautiful backhand (I think). Then he held his serve once to lead 2-0. Nadal got a break back, but Soderling reeled off four straight points to have five match points. Nadal saved the first with a beautiful forehand down the line, but on the second match point, Nadal approached the net, and Soderling hit a beautiful passing shot that Nadal returned wide.

I was just astonished that Nadal had lost, but extremely happy because if all went right then Roger would finally capture his very first FRENCH OPEN!!!!!!!

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