A Soderling/Del Potro would not be good for tennis, but it can happen. They both have boring personalities and have the same game. If you like powerful baseline rallies and big serves, this would be the perfect match. Del Potro versus Soderling is not out of the question.
In order for Soderling to reach the finals he has a pretty easy stretch. He plays either Bernard Tomic or Igor Andreev next, which shouldn’t be too difficult and in quarterfinals plays Jurgen Melzer, Dmitry Turnsonov or Xavier Malisse. In all likelihood, he will play Melzer in the quarters.
Melzer is a crafty veteran, but that’s about it. His game scares no one, and Soderling won’t be challenged. Soderling has played Melzer twice, both times winning in straight sets.
In the semi-finals Soderling will play Novak Djokovic or Michael Llodra. Djokovic has played Soderling six times and won five. The stats are deceiving because Djokovic played Soderling a lot in the beginning of his career when he wasn’t playing the way he does now. In order for Soderling to win this match, he must switch his game up and be aggressive with his big forehand, attacking Djokovic’s second serve.
Now, in order for Del Potro to get to the finals it will be more difficult because the top half is much stronger than the bottom half of the draw. Next round will be difficult because he has to play talented Frenchmen Gilles Simon. They are an even matchup because when Simon is on, he is one of the toughest to beat.
If he does make it past Simon, the toughest task of the tournament awaits him: beating the reigning Wimbledon champion, Rafael Nadal. This has been repeated many times, but Nadal has trouble with tall players. For example, he lost to Soderling at the French and got destroyed by Del Potro in the US Open. It will be fun to watch and see if Nadal can adjust to Del Potro’s power.
Playing Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals next won’t be easy either. He made it to the Wimbledon finals last year. This is about as even a matchup there is, but Berdych is a little quicker to the ball, so Del Potro has to end the points soon to avoid being in long rallies.
Next, Del Potro would have to play Andy Murray in the semi-finals. Murray has played Del Potro in one grand slam match, and Murray eeked out a victory in the 2008 US Open in straight sets.
Murray has slightly better groundstrokes than Del Potro, which gives him problems. Del Potro can win the match just because of Murray’s nerves.
In the final, it will difficult for Del Potro to win. Fatigue will take over Del Potro because of the previous difficult matches and he will lose to Soderling not because Soderling’s better, just because Del Potro is more tired.