Hall of Fame
Reminds of of the Nalbandian backhand but with an eastern forehand grip with his left hand
With all of the emphasis on Federer and Nadal’s straight arm forehands it’s easy to forget about guys like Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez. It’s hard to argue that their forehands are better than Fed and Rafa’s given the disparity in results, but it’s undeniable that the rest of their game was leagues below the big 3 and that they used their big forehands to achieve what they did despite limitations in other facets of the game.Definitely a solid stroke but his forehand was just so much better so it gets outshined
Soderling was a very well rounded player. He was a big guy (for that era) at 6’4”ish, but like Safin, moved well and had power in all his shots. And he relished opportunities to play the big guys - ie, he was not afraid to go for his shots. The fact that only a very small handful of players made Slam finals during the period when all of the Big 4 were in their prime and that Soderling was one of them is a impressive feat in itself.People don't talk about Soderling much and most of the time he is the topic of conversation, it's invariably concerning RG 2009. But there was a time when he was looking very good indeed and seemed to have the potential to put himself seriously into the mix (or more than his wins over Nadal and Federer at RG 2009 and 2010 respectively had already done). He didn't seem a popular or likeable player so few seemed upset by his misfortune in anything like the way Del Potro receives sympathy but for me, Soderling is a case of "what if?" not dissimilar to JMDP.