Is this goodbye to Robin Soderling?

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  1. Roger Wawrinka

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    I have not heard any news recently, Is he still playing? Will he ever make it back to the top?
     
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  2. Rock Strongo

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    He's currently training for a comeback at the beginning of next year. He'll be back in full flight, just you watch!
     
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  3. JMR

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    I'm not sure that the concept of "flight" can be applied to the decidedly earthbound Soderling. Full stalk, perhaps? Full stomp?
     
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    I think Strongo was playing on ROBIN when he spoke of flight. Robin is some sort of bird if I remember, right ?
     
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  5. Rock Strongo

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    ...Yes! Yes I did!
     
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    Söderling will never return. And if he does, he won't be the same.
     
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    He is having a daughter, and he just got out of a mono slump. I doubt he is going to try to come back. Shame, he was the only one to beat Nadal on clay :(
     
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    EDIT: French Open, not clay in general.
     
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  9. monfed

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    Soderling to make a roaring comeback by beating Ralph in the RG 2013 final crushing the dreams of a million *******s.:lol: You heard it here first.
     
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  10. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    Probably. His moment of glory was Roland Garros 2009 (only man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros) and Roland Garros 2010 (impressive but not very impressive since beating Federer at Roland Garros is not as great as beating Nadal at Roland Garros). After Roland Garros 2011, losing in straight sets to Nadal in the QF (with a 6-1 set), he realised that the mental edge he had in 2009 had vanished, so it was useless to try and continue his career, knowing his greatest ambition (winning Roland Garros) would never come true, as long as Nadal is around (and Nadal will likely be around longer then Soderling, since Nadal is younger than Soderling).
     
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    Sadly after losing to Rosol this year, Nadal had this same thing happen.
     
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    Sorry, Nadal is the alpha-male, the aggressor, the dominant one. He's not submissive like Soderling. Rosol is just another Soderling, minus the consistency (not that Soderling was that consistent). Nadal never backs down, and I look forward to when they next meet (hope it's at a slam), so Nadal can even up that H2H to 1-1.
     
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    Soderling was dominant in his last tournament, when he won 2011 Bastad. Then he got injured, and then he got mono just before the US Open began, and he's been out ever since.
     
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    He looked ill during his Wimbledon loss to Tomic.
     
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    Yes, I recall he seemed out of sorts in that match. But he looked in commanding form when he played Bastad. He destroyed Berdych and Ferrer back to back in the semis and final for the loss of just 5 games. However that was his last tournament to date!
     
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    This post is pathetic in every possible way.

    Mate, let me tell you a thing: A career in Tennis isn't based on winning over Nadal at Roland Garros. There are plenty of other things that counts (many more) than that. Like, for example, winning your home-country tournament like he did before "retire".
     
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  17. sunof tennis

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    Then why does he play tennis so submissively/passively?
     
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    funny that he usually pays well at RG but plays like crap in the other clay tournaments. really seems to be another kind of clay.
     
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    LOL rosol had a fluke season i dont think he'll even get past quallies next year to meet rafa
     
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    The last tournament he played (and won) was on clay! :wink:
     
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    This is sad but true.
     
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    Good riddance.
     
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    I hope he comes back as good as he was but after such a long time out the odds are against it.
    I love the way he blew Rafa off the court at the FO.
    Would love to see more of that.
     
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    Even after all this time, I bet he could still challenge Nadal. Especially since Nadal is now in decline.
     
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    they should play each other now.. :twisted:
    or just play poker.
     
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    HAHA, yes the two injured guys. We should have an injured slam, or a silent ban/retirement slam. With fireworks and WWE announcing.
     
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    I hope that Soderling is able to return and end his career on his own terms.

    Still the final act of his career before his long lay-off was to win the 2011 Bastad title in such dominant fashion:
    16 JUNQUEIRA, Diego (ARG) 6-0 6-1
    QF STARACE, Potito (ITA) 6-3 6-4
    SF BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) 6-1 6-0
    FR FERRER, David (ESP) 6-2 6-2
     
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    It's a pity Nadal doesn't play Bastad anymore, although he doesn't need to after he's done sweeping the clay-court season. Nadal won the tournament in 2005 beating Tomas Berdych in the final.

    If Nadal Bastad 2005 faced Soderling Bastad 2011, what would the result be? (Obviously Nadal, but I'm interested in predicted scorelines.)
     
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    Wow, NSK believes that every player's dream is beating Nadal. Sad.
     
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    Hilarious actually. :)
     
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    NSK (nadal_slam_king?) is not even participating in this thread. I'm fairly sure he is still banned, so I can't see what it is that you're responding to. Looks like Talk Tennis is as paranoid as ever.
     
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    Rafa would still call the trainer while playing poker:)
     
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    Yeah, I'm confused about the NSK reference; and I'm almost certain that he is still banned.
     
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  34. Limpinhitter

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    Soderling was already ill at 2011 Wimbledon. He was sweating profusely and the commentators observed that he didn't look well.
     
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    Even more proof Fed is Goat...overcame Mono to win more slams.

    None of you know what it is like unless you have had it (bad case) before. It takes alot out of you, you are never the same. I had a bad case for over a year, and it seems Soderling had the same thing. He won't ever be able to get his energy levels the same.

    Gonna miss this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2K8i_jpzEw

    hahahahhaha
     
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    Federer had supposedly the lightest case of mononucleosis possible, so it doesn't surprise me that he'd be able to overcome it. Not difficult to overcome a weak obstacle.
     
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    True I heard the highest possible form of an illness a tennis player can have is a fat deposit behind your tendon which restricts you to playing golf and poker
     
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  38. Paul Murphy

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    Come now, don't be bashful. You're among friends. ;)
     
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    LOL his fingers would be hurting!!! :twisted:
     
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  40. Ms Nadal

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    Too funny! :). Leave lovely Rafa alone :)
     
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    Or Tomic was just playing too well for Soderling to handle.
     
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    I don't miss Soderling. His game isn't anything special and he is super dull and boring!
     
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    I miss Soderling actually, I liked him in 2010 and 2011, where he received straight-set beatings from Nadal. Nadal currently leads the Roland Garros H2H 3-1. If Soderling returns in 2013, maybe Nadal can make that 5-1, so Soderling will have been completely dominated after his 2009 triumph.
     
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  44. Ms Nadal

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    Why do you miss Soderling? What do you like about his game?
     
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  45. Roger Wawrinka

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    I for one miss him in the game of tennis and I hope he can make it into the top 10 as he was before. Just so long as he does not replace Tipsarevic's spot in the top 10:D
     
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    I fell in love with him in at 2009 RG ;)
     
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    I don't miss Soderling's game because I don't find ballbashing entertaining,but I wouldn't stoop so low as to say I wish for his career to be over. Hopefully he makes a full recovery and gets back on the tour.
     
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    glad you enjoyed it ive plenty of rafa jokes up my sleeve :)
     
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    NSK likes the fact that Roling Soderbin was the first human in world history to beat Nadal at the French Open.
     
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    I hope he won't. Rafa.. I doubt it...
     
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