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.