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Nadal hasn't looked himself so far in Paris
Five-time French Open Champion (2005-2008, 2010) Rafael Nadal has only lost one match at Roland Garros in his previous six appereances. That loss was against Robin Soderling, who Nadal will face in this year's quarters tomorrow.
As a player that knows what it takes to take out Nadal at the French Open, Soderling should provide a great measuring stick for the world's No. 1, who has uncharacteristically shown signs of vulnerability early on in Paris.
Nadal has even talked about a surprising lack of confidence in this tournament during his press conferences. He has, however, looked much better throughout the last two matches, appearing closer to the player we have seen in the past on a clay court surface.
A lot could depend on the conditions of the match, but if Nadal is not 100 percent, Soderling will be able to show it quickly. He has the ability to hit players off the court, something he did two years ago in his fourth-round win over Nadal.
If the Spaniard is fully on his game, however, he won't let Soderling affect him too much. In their 2010 championship match, he was able to dominate Soderling in capturing his fifth title at Roland Garros.