Down goes Nadal!!

For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal lost at the French Open. The Spaniard had won the tournament every time he had entered and was riding at 31 match winning streak in Paris and hadn’t lost a set since the finals of the 2007 French Open. That all ended today as he fell to #23 Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(2). Soderling went for his shot every chance he could get and this is clearly shown in the stats.

Soderling had 61 winners and 59 unforced errors as compared to 33 and 28 for Nadal. Soderling came to the net 35 times winning 27 of those points and also broke Nadal 5/6 times. It was going to take an incredible performance to beat the world #1 and Soderling did it. Previous to this tournament, Soderling had never been to the fourth round of a Grand Slam and now he is in the quarters of the French Open and done the unthinkable: beaten Nadal!

With Nadal falling today and Djokovic getting ousted yesterday, the draw has really opened up for Federer to now win his first French Open and complete the career Grand Slam. This is without a doubt his best chance at winning this tournament and we will have to wait and see what happens as things progress.

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~ by Nick's Picks on May 31, 2009.

5 Responses to “Down goes Nadal!!”

  1. We are all very sorry that Rafa lost but it happens, even to the legends of our generation and others. We wish him well in the future and look forward to his next victory. Anyone who is human cannot win all the time.

  2. Nadal ousted from the French Open. Would it satisfy Federer if he finally wins at Roland Garros without beating him?

  3. I wish Nadal had not lost and that this had not happened because even if Federer wins he looses because he isn’t up against the king of clay and still king of clay. I wonder how Murray will fare now that he doesn’t have to face Nadal. Nick, what are your thoughts? Is this going to be a real wild card French Open on the men’s side? Good luck to all!

  4. Like all other great ones, clearly he, Nadal, was a target and we all cannot win everyday, but maybe this year his target win besides Wimbledon wil be the US Open! I’d like to see how Murray fares especially with he and Roger Federer going head to head with ratings.

  5. nadal was a bit tired after all the wins this season.. maybe next year he should keep himself two weeks rest before the french open and for that matter any grand slams he enters from now on… that way he will give himself max chance to win the grand slam title

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