Meet Robin Soderling, a Swedish professional tennis player who is the first man to defeat Rafael Nadal in the French Open. Soderling is also the only Swedish player in the top 100 in the ATP rankings. See photos, video and a biography of Robin Soderling here.
Soderling kept his nerves in a fourth-round match that went on for three and a half hours and beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-7 6-4 7-6, becoming the first man to do so… given the grip of Nadal’s play on the clay courts.
“It’s not a tragedy, losing here in Paris,” Nadal said.
“It had to happen one day, and this is an excellent season for me.
“Of course it’s a bit sad, but I have to overcome this as quickly as possible. No one remembers defeats on the long run. People remember victories. So I have to move forward and try and prepare the best I can.”
Soderling will next play Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the quarter-finals.
As a biography, Robin Soderling is 24 years of age and hails from Sweden. He started playing professional tennis at the age of 14, when he participated in the junior championships, most notable in the Orange Bowl.
Soderling won his first ATP tournament in Lyon in 2003. He has won a total of three tournaments so far and has played in the Davis Cup as the top Swedish player. He is currently seeded 23rd in French Open. It’s his best performance in the Grand Slams, having reached third rounds of US Open and Wimbledon, prior to that.
Rafael Nadal was on a record-smashing 31-match winning streak in the French Open, when he suffered the loss.
Check out a video of Robin Soderling below.
Robin Soderling Video