Well, that happened. . .
Robin Soderling soundly defeated defending champ Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in Tuesday’s French Open quarterfinals. Call it lucky thirteen – appropriate, given Le Sod’s devilish reputation – his record against Roger now stands at 1-12.
Federer’s sublime streak of consecutive Major semifinals stops at 23 – a record that will likely reign supreme in the books as long as someone keeps them. For those of you wondering about that other number, namely Roger’s No. 1 ranking, it’s in Rafa’s hands, now (via the ATP):
Soderling’s victory means that Rafael Nadal could regain No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP 2010 ATP Rankings on Monday if he wins his fifth title at Roland Garros. Should Nadal match Bjorn Borg’s record of five singles title in the French capital he would have 8,700 points, while Federer would have 8,390 points.
So if you’re a Sod fan – this Bud’s for you! If you’re a Roger fan (yes, I’m giving Rafa a virtual pat on the back) just be grateful that Soderling waited a year to unveil his supersonic game.
I have no idea why this video exists, but I thought it might be good for a laugh. Or you could try playing it backwards. . .
One thing’s for certain going forward: Robin Soderling isn’t yoking around any more. I’m wondering what the rest of the field is thinking, witnessing that performance?