Federer's loss to Soderling

illkhiboy

Hall of Fame
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/537729-roger-federer-down-appreciating-his-failures-in-2010-pt-1

Soderling vs. Federer, Roland Garros Quarterfinal

I wanted a Federer versus Nadal final as much as anyone else, especially since the dynamics this time would be slightly different – it would be Nadal trying to reclaim his Roland Garros title from Federer. In retrospect, it seemed appropriate that Nadal would win back the title against the one man who had been able to beat him in Paris.
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Reflecting back, it was also one of the most amazing displays of tennis this season and I can’t let the fan in me be upset about that. Coming into the match, the odds were stacked against Soderling. He had lost 12 straight matches against Federer, and had lost to him in straight sets at the same venue last year when the Swede had dismantled a host of other top players. Add to that, no man had beaten Federer before the semi final of a Slam since Kuerten in 2004.

The match began with all the makings of a routine Federer victory. He cruised to a one-set lead as I got ready to play tennis in the locker room at my club. When I left to play, Federer had had a slight lapse in concentration and Soderling had hung on to break serve. About an hour later, I reemerged into the changing room to see the match poised at one set all.

It was still too early to foresee an upset. Surely an opening for Federer lurked around in the corner. It would just be a matter of stepping it up at the right moment and then shifting into cruise control. Sure enough, Soderling was again a victim to his nerves against Federer, struggling at 4-5, 0-30.

On that point he had a look at a short ball and went for a big inside out forehand that just missed – triple set point for Federer! Except the umpire was down from his chair, and after inspecting the mark he reversed the lineperson’s call. 15-30. 30-30. A backhand error from the big guy, set point Federer.

This was the biggest point of the match thus far. Soderling did well on it initially, getting a simple volley after pushing Federer back, but he chose to smash it hard and mistimed it a bit. The ball leapt up off the ground and Federer pounced for an overhead off an overhead that he has on occasion been able to miraculously hit for winners in the past. But this time his shot wasn’t good enough as Soderling knocked off the high backhand volley.

By this time it was raining hard and the match had to be called off. I took the opportunity to drive home for the ending. By the time the match restarted, the atmosphere had significantly altered. The rained had soaked the court to make it terribly slow, and the heavy conditions were not easy to deal with. Plus the rain delay seemed to have disrupted Federer’s rhythm, as he immediately surrendered his serve.

In the past, Soderling’s had some trouble closing out against Federer. But this was a Soderling who just wouldn’t lose his cool. It’s like Magnus Norman had made use of a Men-In-Black memory zapper to erase off his losses to Federer during the rain delay.

Federer made a stand, getting ahead a break in the fourth set. But this match became more about Soderling for that hour or so. He refused to miss like a human ball machine programmed to outlast Davydenko and Agassi. His power was Del Potro-like. Except this wasn’t the fast DecoTurf at the US Open.

This was a rain soaked, Philippe Chatrier court where balls refused to penetrate the court. Even Federer’s forehand failed to make inroads. But there was Soderling, serving bombs like his game was engineered for a rainy day. Something had to give, and it wasn’t going to be Robin’s nerve. It was Federer who caved in, pressing too much as he ran out of ideas.

At or close to his best, Federer has seldom been made to look helpless on the court, but this was one of those times. And I think tennis fans, whether supporters of Federer or not, are richer for the experience of having witnessed such a spectacle. And it had to be that spectacular to finish off one of the most remarkable achievements in tennis history – Federer’s streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals.
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

Guest
Why bring new life to this painful experience?
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
wow. i feel great after reading that.

And where was Soderling recently in the WTF, please jog my memory.
 

Totai

Professional
Soderling played amazing during that match. Federer looked like an injured pigeon, and Soderling the hungry hawk.
 

aphex

Banned
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/537729-roger-federer-down-appreciating-his-failures-in-2010-pt-1

Soderling vs. Federer, Roland Garros Quarterfinal

I wanted a Federer versus Nadal final as much as anyone else, especially since the dynamics this time would be slightly different – it would be Nadal trying to reclaim his Roland Garros title from Federer. In retrospect, it seemed appropriate that Nadal would win back the title against the one man who had been able to beat him in Paris.
101322939_crop_340x234 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Reflecting back, it was also one of the most amazing displays of tennis this season and I can’t let the fan in me be upset about that. Coming into the match, the odds were stacked against Soderling. He had lost 12 straight matches against Federer, and had lost to him in straight sets at the same venue last year when the Swede had dismantled a host of other top players. Add to that, no man had beaten Federer before the semi final of a Slam since Kuerten in 2004.

The match began with all the makings of a routine Federer victory. He cruised to a one-set lead as I got ready to play tennis in the locker room at my club. When I left to play, Federer had had a slight lapse in concentration and Soderling had hung on to break serve. About an hour later, I reemerged into the changing room to see the match poised at one set all.

It was still too early to foresee an upset. Surely an opening for Federer lurked around in the corner. It would just be a matter of stepping it up at the right moment and then shifting into cruise control. Sure enough, Soderling was again a victim to his nerves against Federer, struggling at 4-5, 0-30.

On that point he had a look at a short ball and went for a big inside out forehand that just missed – triple set point for Federer! Except the umpire was down from his chair, and after inspecting the mark he reversed the lineperson’s call. 15-30. 30-30. A backhand error from the big guy, set point Federer.

This was the biggest point of the match thus far. Soderling did well on it initially, getting a simple volley after pushing Federer back, but he chose to smash it hard and mistimed it a bit. The ball leapt up off the ground and Federer pounced for an overhead off an overhead that he has on occasion been able to miraculously hit for winners in the past. But this time his shot wasn’t good enough as Soderling knocked off the high backhand volley.

By this time it was raining hard and the match had to be called off. I took the opportunity to drive home for the ending. By the time the match restarted, the atmosphere had significantly altered. The rained had soaked the court to make it terribly slow, and the heavy conditions were not easy to deal with. Plus the rain delay seemed to have disrupted Federer’s rhythm, as he immediately surrendered his serve.

In the past, Soderling’s had some trouble closing out against Federer. But this was a Soderling who just wouldn’t lose his cool. It’s like Magnus Norman had made use of a Men-In-Black memory zapper to erase off his losses to Federer during the rain delay.

Federer made a stand, getting ahead a break in the fourth set. But this match became more about Soderling for that hour or so. He refused to miss like a human ball machine programmed to outlast Davydenko and Agassi. His power was Del Potro-like. Except this wasn’t the fast DecoTurf at the US Open.

This was a rain soaked, Philippe Chatrier court where balls refused to penetrate the court. Even Federer’s forehand failed to make inroads. But there was Soderling, serving bombs like his game was engineered for a rainy day. Something had to give, and it wasn’t going to be Robin’s nerve. It was Federer who caved in, pressing too much as he ran out of ideas.

At or close to his best, Federer has seldom been made to look helpless on the court, but this was one of those times. And I think tennis fans, whether supporters of Federer or not, are richer for the experience of having witnessed such a spectacle. And it had to be that spectacular to finish off one of the most remarkable achievements in tennis history – Federer’s streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals.

Nobody could have beaten Soderling that day.

It was one of the greatest performances in tennis history.

One of the very few times in Federer's career that the result was not on his racquet.


If I remember correctly, Wilander (who is obviously a bit biased) said it was the greatest display of tennis he'd ever seen and Borg was predicting Soderling to become no.1 based on this match.
 
It was ironic that Nadal lost to Sod the previoius year... I remember the ****s talking a lot of crap, then BAM! Sod beats Roger down.

I did not think that it would happen and Roger simply could not come up with any kind of reply, he was out classed and then some.

But why can't Sod finish in the finals... what is stoping him?

One thing is for sure, when it comes FO time no one is going to want to see Soderling in their draw.
 

aphex

Banned
It was ironic that Nadal lost to Sod the previoius year... I remember the ****s talking a lot of crap, then BAM! Sod beats Roger down.

I did not think that it would happen and Roger simply could not come up with any kind of reply, he was out classed and then some.

But why can't Sod finish in the finals... what is stoping him?

One thing is for sure, when it comes FO time no one is going to want to see Soderling in their draw.
How's the view from behind Ralph's hemorrhoids?
 

coloskier

Legend
It was ironic that Nadal lost to Sod the previoius year... I remember the ****s talking a lot of crap, then BAM! Sod beats Roger down.

I did not think that it would happen and Roger simply could not come up with any kind of reply, he was out classed and then some.

But why can't Sod finish in the finals... what is stoping him?

One thing is for sure, when it comes FO time no one is going to want to see Soderling in their draw.
Probably the one thing stopping him is the same thing that is stopping Murray..... Constriction of the throat area.
 
Thanks for reminding me of that match. It was truly amazing and for some reason, I burst out laughing after Sod won the match....
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
At or close to his best, Federer has seldom been made to look helpless on the court, but this was one of those times....
Edit this for truth why don't you... Federer played average, very average, in this match. Notwithstanding Soderling's own great play, Federer played a terrible match overall.

If Federer was "at or close to his best", Soderling would never beat him - he simply doesn't have enough game. Soderling need two things to happen in order to beat Federer: he needs to play with 1% of his peak ability and catch Federer on a day when he's batting at 75% or less.

Their H2H pretty much reflects this.
 
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Deleted member 22147

Guest
Edit this for truth why don't you... Federer played average, very average, in this match. Notwithstanding Soderling's own great play, Federer played a terrible match overall.

If Federer was "at or close to his best", Soderling would never beat him - he simply doesn't have enough game. Soderling need two things to happen in order to beat Federer: he needs to play with 1% of his peak ability and catch Federer on a day when he's batting at 75% or less.

Their H2H pretty much reflects this.
??

And yes, I believe this to be Federer's best match this year in a losing effort. Some of the outside in and inside out forehands Soderling was hitting from way behind the baseline for clean winners was just incredible. Like the previous year, Nadal didn't beat him in the final, the occasion did.
 
It was ironic that Nadal lost to Sod the previoius year... I remember the ****s talking a lot of crap, then BAM! Sod beats Roger down.

I did not think that it would happen and Roger simply could not come up with any kind of reply, he was out classed and then some.

But why can't Sod finish in the finals... what is stoping him?

One thing is for sure, when it comes FO time no one is going to want to see Soderling in their draw.
What? that most people were saying Soderling played out of his mind and was a damngerous player that could upset the top players? Think you need to reevaluate your definition of irony
 

T1000

Legend
Edit this for truth why don't you... Federer played average, very average, in this match. Notwithstanding Soderling's own great play, Federer played a terrible match overall.

If Federer was "at or close to his best", Soderling would never beat him - he simply doesn't have enough game. Soderling need two things to happen in order to beat Federer: he needs to play with 1% of his peak ability and catch Federer on a day when he's batting at 75% or less.

Their H2H pretty much reflects this.
No not at all. Fed played well. This was exactly like the AO 2005 where he played well (not his best or god mode) and lost. Safin and Soderling were on fire and outplayed Fed.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
Edit this for truth why don't you... Federer played average, very average, in this match. Notwithstanding Soderling's own great play, Federer played a terrible match overall.

If Federer was "at or close to his best", Soderling would never beat him - he simply doesn't have enough game. Soderling need two things to happen in order to beat Federer: he needs to play with 1% of his peak ability and catch Federer on a day when he's batting at 75% or less.

Their H2H pretty much reflects this.
this is a joke ! fed played pretty well , soderling played out of the world tennis and beat him. That may have been possibly the best performance on clay ever !
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
No not at all. Fed played well. This was exactly like the AO 2005 where he played well (not his best or god mode) and lost. Safin and Soderling were on fire and outplayed Fed.
well they were similar in some ways, but I think fed was better in the safin match by some distance when compared to the sod match
 

illkhiboy

Hall of Fame
well they were similar in some ways, but I think fed was better in the safin match by some distance when compared to the sod match
Yeah I think Federer was fantastic in the Safin match. I mean, he did almost win it in 4 sets.

Against Soderling, he played really well too. But personally I think in 2005 he was playing with more flair.
 

P_Agony

Banned
It was ironic that Nadal lost to Sod the previoius year... I remember the ****s talking a lot of crap, then BAM! Sod beats Roger down.

I did not think that it would happen and Roger simply could not come up with any kind of reply, he was out classed and then some.

But why can't Sod finish in the finals... what is stoping him?

One thing is for sure, when it comes FO time no one is going to want to see Soderling in their draw.
Who talked a lot of crap? Boy, you've got a serious self confidence problem, I suggest you go see someone for that. Nobody was in denial last year and nobody ever thought Soderling was a better player on clay than Nadal. In fact, Soderling isn't a better clay player than Federer either, and I doubt I'd put him above Djokovic as well, but that's arguable because he made 2 finals. The "****s" aren't in denial, but you sure mention them in every post of yours.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
this is a joke ! fed played pretty well , soderling played out of the world tennis and beat him. That may have been possibly the best performance on clay ever !
No, I wasn't joking. I watched that match again only a few weeks ago and Federer's level of play for big chunks of that match was average by his standards - and it was not all Soderling's doing as some seem to think. Federer also helped make Soderling look good by not hitting as deep/wide as usual, nor moving as well, which gave Soderling all the invitation he needed to tee-off on his forehand.

As for it being the best performance on clay ever... Mmmmm. Not sure about that. It was definitely good from Soderling's point of view - I'll grant you that.
 
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PrinceMoron

Legend
It was a very wet day, slugger's paradise. Now, if it rains in Wimbledon, the roof will close and Nadal will be at a disadvantage. Seems fair enough to me. Last year wet in Paris, scorching in Wimbledon, this year boiling in Paris and damp in London. Nadal can't have it in his favour every year. Also it is about time Nadal played a few guys in the zone, instead of rabbits scared in the headlights.
 

Xemi666

Professional
It was a very wet day, slugger's paradise. Now, if it rains in Wimbledon, the roof will close and Nadal will be at a disadvantage. Seems fair enough to me. Last year wet in Paris, scorching in Wimbledon, this year boiling in Paris and damp in London. Nadal can't have it in his favour every year. Also it is about time Nadal played a few guys in the zone, instead of rabbits scared in the headlights.
Was the Soderling who beat Federer in the zone or a scared rabbit? Did Fed lose to a scared rabbit? :lol:
 

Xemi666

Professional
Who talked a lot of crap? Boy, you've got a serious self confidence problem, I suggest you go see someone for that. Nobody was in denial last year and nobody ever thought Soderling was a better player on clay than Nadal. In fact, Soderling isn't a better clay player than Federer either, and I doubt I'd put him above Djokovic as well, but that's arguable because he made 2 finals. The "****s" aren't in denial, but you sure mention them in every post of yours.
A lot of Nadal haters talked a lot of crap about how he was scared of Soderling and was going to lose again. Use the search function and look at the old threads.
 

PrinceMoron

Legend
Was the Soderling who beat Federer in the zone or a scared rabbit? Did Fed lose to a scared rabbit? :lol:
The point was the match was played in a wet sandpit.

When Tsonga beat Nadal it looked like some others might not lose their nerve and close out for a win against Nadal. Not even a case of having to hit thru Nadal, just playing well.

You think Nadal played well every round at Wimbledon? I am not saying Nadal has to be ambushed, just that a few players need to step up. Certainly over the last 3 Wimbledons there have been a few close matches.
 
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