What do you truly believe about the Nadal/Soderling 2009 FO Match?

What do you truly believe about the Nadal/Soderling 2009 FO Match?

  • Soderling was in God-mode and Rafa's level wasn't good enough to stay with him.

    Votes: 100 74.6%
  • Rafa's loss was primarily due to a drop in Nadal's level (due to injury/fatigue/psychology)

    Votes: 34 25.4%

  • Total voters
    134
Seeding in all tournaments that are part of ATP Tour calendar, except Wimbledon, is based on the ATP ranking list.
And as usual you missed the point. Just as Wimbledon has chosen to use it's own rules, so could RG. Wimbledon takes into consideration performance on grass. RG could do the same but chooses not to. That's why your favorite player does not get the seeding he deserves in may years.
 
Do you remember where you were, who you were with and what you were doing on May 31, 2009 ? It's the biggest upset in tennis history and I remember very well that day.
No. But I do remember the day after.

I was busy with work and a young child and didn't even bother to check the score on the day - just assumed an easy win for Nadal. Next day I was in the supermarket and saw a picture of Nadal on the front cover of the Times - headline something like "Shock defeat etc". I literally stood in the supermarket aisle thinking "what the f......?"
 
It’s basically the exact same thing but I guarantee that if we had a poll about that match, the majority would vote for Fed’s level being the reason he lost and give minimal credit to Berdych.
Yeah, basically the exact same thing ;)) Keep telling yourself that, eventually you’ll end up believing it.

I posted Rafa’s run in to the 2009 RG loss, why don’t you post Roger’s. Start just after the AO...
 
You can go on believing he was injured if you want to, but 11:24 here says otherwise. If that's injured, injure me now PLEASE.

He was injured, not crippled.

I've watched hundreds of Nadal's matches on clay and I think it's noticeable in that video he was not sliding the way he used to, he was treading softly and his slide was terrible at times.

He was unbeaten at the event and didn't want to retire half-match.
 
He was injured, not crippled.

I've watched hundreds of Nadal's matches on clay and I think it's noticeable in that video he was not sliding the way he used to, he was treading softly and his slide was terrible at times.

He was unbeaten at the event and didn't want to retire half-match.
People have been arguing about this for years and no one has changed their mind after thousands of discussions. I'm willing to and have admitted that he didn't play his best tennis. However, my opinion will not change on this. The fact that it's always a subject with him is telling enough in itself. Have a good day.
 
Wow, in fact Rafa beat Soderling in straight sets at 2006 Roland Garros too :)
So Rafa has beaten Soderling in straight sets at Roland Garros THREE times.
It really proves that you have no idea when Rafa will lose Roland Garros, it could literally be to anybody.
 

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Soderling played a high risk game, and it came off the vast majority of the time against Nadal that day. On other days, Soderling would have made a lot of unforced errors with such a strategy, but on this day he got a lot of them in.
 
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