Robin Soderling: "If no comeback in 2013, then I do not know...."

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  1. Walenty

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    More of a paraphrase than a quote, but someone interviewed him a few days ago:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/15/3098780/at-the-net-is-robin-soderling.html

    http://www.eurosport.se/tennis/soderling-blir-det-inte-comeback-under-2013-da-vet-jag-inte-vad_sto3491310/story.shtml

    You have not yet taken a final decision about your career?

    - No. However, I feel that as time goes on, I have to know the uncertainty is not so funny. Will not it be a comeback in 2013 ... then I do not know what. Then I aim for me on veteran Tour. Then I feel it will be tough to come back.

    Soderling say it with a smile. During the absence, he has learned not to take anything for granted.

    - The most frustrated with is myself. I do everything I can to get back.

    Do you feel stressed?

    - Well, in the beginning when they rested three days, people thought it was great. Now I released it. However, frustration and powerlessness, it is really annoying.

    Who have you spoken to?

    - I've talked a bit with a sports psychologist. The situation has been frustrating but not crazy hard. I can only accept it. It does not happen in a day but over time I have learned.

    *And*

    "The final decision on my career has yet to peak," he said. "If I get back in 2013, then I do not know ... I guess I just stayed veteran circuit. Already would probably be too heavy to get back.

    "I'm frustrated because I'm doing what I can. If you would have asked me before two-three weeks ago, I would have been really positive. Could I play basically every day, but then I catch cold. Sometimes I go full half an hour, the next day it's too much. Hard to deal with it. Impotency is upsetting. I also consulted with sports psychologists, situation is irritating, but not to drive you crazy. Gradually, I realized that I only accept state. Nothing is certain."
     
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  2. kimbahpnam

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    he sold himself to the devil for that win vs rafa and now it's time to collect......

    but seriously, i actually miss him on tour and i'm not a fan of his.
     
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  3. beast of mallorca

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    That's just sad. Hope he comes back as healthy as ever. I don't like him, but he's a big asset to the game we love. And any true tennis fan would want all the very best to be as healthy as can be and be at their very best to compete with one another, even at the expense of beating my Favorite player. Well, hope and pray he recovers fast. The Big 4 needs more Big competitors. :(
     
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    LOL more freebies at RG for Ralph. How unfortunate..
     
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  5. AtomicForehand

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    Just thought I might be able to make a bit smoother translation from the Swedish. Some idioms seemed a little strange in Swenglish. :) Basically a good job from Walenty though.


    Söderling:If I don't make a comeback in 2013, then I just don't know

    It will soon be a year and a half since Robin Söderling last played a tennis tournament. "If I'm going to make a comeback, it has to be during 2013. Otherwise more than two years will have gone by," he says in an exclusive interview with TT.

    The aftermath of the mononucleosis is still with him, but he is making progress now. "The difference now is that I can tolerate more practice. Things are moving forward," says Söderling.

    Söderling has been away from the game for the entire year of 2012, and besides the grand slam competitions, he also missed the Olympics in London.

    "I'm doing everything I can to come back and this is my goal, but of course it's tough."

    Q. You haven't yet made any final decision about your career?

    "No. However, I feel that the more time passes, the more the uncertainty isn't very much fun. If I don't make a comeback in 2013...then I just don't know. Then I can aim for the seniors tour. I feel that it is just tough to come back then."

    Söderling says it with a smile still. During his absence he's learned to take nothing for granted.

    "The one who is the most frustrated is me myself. I am doing everything I can to come back."

    Q. Do you feel stressed?

    "Nah...in the beginning when you rested for three days you thought it was a lot. Now I've let it go. However, the frustration and the powerlessness--it's really irritating."

    Q. Who have you spoken with?

    "I've talked a little with a sports psychologist. The situation has been frustrating but still not crazy difficult. I can only accept it. You don't do that in a day, but with time I've learned to."


     
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  6. rdis10093

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    he has a kid, he is out of thegame
     
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  7. single_handed_champion

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    Did he mean impotency in the serious sense?
     
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    He's been a big missing piece to the top 10.
     
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  9. ctoth666

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    Yeah I'm wondering whether that's lost in translation or something. If not, that's got to be difficult to overcome psychologically.
     
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    Soderling was one of those guys with the game to trouble tennis's very best players. However unlike other players with that kind of game (Cilic, Ferrer, Tsonga, etc.) he actually brings it in big matches against big players. This guy was on the verge of cracking the top 4 once. He even had the no. 4 ranking for a week. He could've been an interesting addition to the field and to a more competitive subtop.

    Even though I didn't really like his game, I sorely miss him. I'm also forever thankful for his 2009 efforts.
     
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  11. PhrygianDominant

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    I am pretty sure he doesn't mean it in the literal sexual sense, the whole interview is google translated or something. I think he means powerlessness or something similar.
     
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  12. Sabratha

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    Hope the guy can make a come back, I've always enjoyed watching his matches.
     
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  13. Mortifier

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    The interview in Swedish is really not that negative as the translation makes it out to be.

    ...and it never mentions anything about impotency. That's just a ridiculous translation.
     
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  14. Rock Strongo

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    I guess I could translate it properly when I get home from school, depending on how I feel.
     
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  15. sbengte

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    Guessed as much, given the context. I really don't get what is with these tennis players and mono. Haven't heard any other sportspeople get it :confused:
    Hope we don't have another Ancic like case here and Soderling does make a decent comeback.
     
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  16. Sabratha

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    Tennis players kiss the wrong people. :lol:
     
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  17. zagor

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    There's a difference between some lighthearted trolling and acting like a sicko, Bullzilla's comments in this thread and the one about Novak father's illness make me think that not all is right upstairs with the guy.
     
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  18. AtomicForehand

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    Read post #5 for a better translation.
     
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  19. AtomicForehand

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    Took care of that already in post #5.
     
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  20. Huanita99

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    I really hope Soda gets well. miss him and tennis does need him.
     
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    Interesting to see if he returns. His playing would add something to the ATP tour.
     
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  22. Rock Strongo

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    My reading comprehension skills haven't been THAT great today, apologies for that!


    Are you a Swedish expatriate in the US or do you just happen to know Swedish? I wanna know!:)
     
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  23. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    It's funny how, despite Soderling being gone far longer than Nadal, more people are claiming Nadal has retired and is on a silent ban.
     
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  24. AtomicForehand

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    All Americans speak good Swedish, didn't you know? Or else really good Estonian or Slovenian or Portuguese or one of the other smaller European languages. Appreciation for these languages is deep in the roots of our culture and firmly ingrained in our educational system in this country.

    OK, not really.
     
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  25. tacou

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    impotency can be used in any situation where the "victim" feels powerless, unable to rise to the occasion.

    this is all very sad, but hopefully he has saved up and can move into the rest of his life with a positive mind.

    by veteran circuit, does he mean the championship tour? that would be cool to see him play McEnroe haha
     
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  26. beast of mallorca

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    Because Fedturds are scared of Rafa who can consistently beat their Idol, unlike Soderbling.
     
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  27. Alchemy-Z

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    I can't remember where I saw it but Robin was looking pretty heavy last i saw.

    sad to see him be out this long
     
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  28. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    I think, if given the opportunity, Soderling (and Berdych) could consistently beat Federer too (Soderling beat Federer in Roland Garros 2010, and Berdych beat Federer at Wimbledon 2010 and US Open 2012, including a tight 5-setter at AO 2009). But beating Nadal consistently in slams is something nobody can do (Djokovic couldn't get more than three before having the mental edge stripped from him at the hands of Rafael Nadal).
     
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  29. Crisstti

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    It is odd.

    Hope he gets better.
     
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  30. Hitman

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    Those three weren't first rounds wins. They were slam finals. And to beat a guy, who at that point at won his last seven slam finals, was no small feat. As far as mental edge is concerned, we'll what happens the next time they play.
     
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  31. Walenty

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    Thanks for the assist :)
     
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  32. cork_screw

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    If he says he doesn't know. Then that pretty much says that he's probably not coming back. If someone has plans to comeback and they are going to make every effort to doing so, then they state it whether they feel it or not at this time and make dates for the future. When he says that and refers to sports psychology, it basically means he's mentally done or he just doesn't have the belief or confidence to do it anymore.

    RIP soderling.

    Hope you find that fishing hole and retirement location you are looking for.
     
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  33. Sabratha

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    If that's true, it's a shame because Soderling is a fantastic player. Good luck to him in retirement if that's his true intention.
     
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  34. niktub

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    we miss him so bad :mad:
     
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    Maybe he just needs some viagra
     
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  36. jones101

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    I miss the brash Sod, hope he can get over this, its a shame, as he was actually playing some peak tennis just before he caught this!
     
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  37. Clarky21

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    I think he will be back. I don't like Soderling, but I don't want him to have to retire because of this.
     
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  38. Amelie Mauresmo

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    Soderling probably doesn't want to come back or need to he has money he's a millionaire and he has a child to raise. Soderling did amazing in his career and he seems happy with his life.
     
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    Seriously starting to doubt that he will ever come back. He's been away from the tour now for 18 months and he still gives no indication of an imminent return.

    I am beginning to fear that it is going the same way with Nadal. It seems that the more time you spend away from the tour, the more you just start to get used to it, develop an interest in other things and make endless excuses for why you can't come back.

    Is it just that, basically, they've lost interest in coming back? :(
     
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  40. sbengte

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    Yeah, and Nadal won't, right ? :rolleyes:
     
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  41. smoledman

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    Let's face it, he's retired.
     
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  42. joeri888

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    Its Sad. He and jmdp should have been the players That kept it from being just a top 4 and being really in between Along with Ferrer. Too bad They both got injured.
     
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    Don't write off Delpo just yet but I think irregardless of if Soderling recovers enough to play tennis (at a decent age), I think this is it for his career at the top.
     
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  44. joeri888

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    I certainly don't. Just saying that the last few years were pretty top 4 dominated. That's because they are extremely good, but also because two of the most important challengers were injured a lot. Soderling could challenge. Certainly on clay. I also wonder how he'd have done with the lighter balls at RG in 2011.
     
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  45. reversef

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    Who was injured or ill? Soderling is fine. It must be a silent ban or an excuse to not play. We have no proof that he's not fine and a tennis player is always presumed guilty until proven innocent.
    Same for Del Potro. I didn't see the MRI, I was not there when he had surgery. His wrist was fine. It's just that he couldn't stand the pressure, he had some losses that damaged his confidence + he got caught by the anti-doping brigade. So, it took him a lot of time to come back.
     
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  46. joeri888

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    I see what you are doing. Just stop being butthurt about *******s already and don't lower yourself to that kind of levels. It doesnt matter whether he's injured or on a silent ban for my point either. My only point is that the domination of the big 4 was amplified by the ABSENCE of Del Potro and Soderling.
     
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    Of course, I believe they are injured/ill. Of course, you are right. If 2 of the best players are out of the game, it helps. At the same time, it's not so common that everyone feels fine at the same time.
     
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  48. joeri888

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    No, true. It just adds some perspective on the ridiculous top 4 domination. First Fed, than Fed/Rafa, then Fed/Raf/Djok/Mur dominated the game in an unprecedented way. I'm just wondering if things could have been different with a healthy Soderling and Delpo around. I'm really wondering whether Fed's age and Rafa's health will blow the field wide open or see us return to a top 2 domination like Rog/Raf.

    Either way, it's a shame that Soderling is not around.
     
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    He is truly missed. What a shame.
     
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    I agree with many of the posters that have posted here. He's an exciting player and has a game that is quite different. It would be nice to have him back in the mix. I wish him a healthy recovery and hope he can continue his career on the ATP tour. If he does recover well, he should have some good years left. Hopefully his practices, endurance, recovery, etc. will keep improving.
     
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