Nadal's Bid For Fifth French Open Title Ends With Fourth Round Upset

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

Rafael Nadal’s 31-match winning streak at the French Open was snapped by Robin Soderling in the fourth round. Nadal had never lost in the French Open. Nadal loses the match 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) to the 23rd-ranked Soderling.

The first-ranked Spaniard had only lost three sets at Roland Garros, as Nadal has become a clay court master. The last set Nadal had lost was in the 2007 final against Roger Federer. With the loss Nadal, lost his bid to become the first man to win the French Open five times.

The loss by Nadal means we will not see another final against Federer, who had beaten Nadal on clay at the Madrid Open. The win had many people thinking that second-ranked Federer would challenge Nadal if the two met in the finals once again.

Soderling moves on to face Nikolay Davydenko from the Ukraine in the quarterfinals. With Nadal out of the tournament, the favorite to win it all has to be Federer.

Federer still has to make it to the finals and could also be upsetif he does not play well.