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K.I.S.S. Revised 06/01/2010 - 3:07 PM

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by Pete Bodo

Let's alter the source of that KISS acronym to, Keep it Simple, Soderling. Because that's what Robin did at Roland Garros today, dethroning defending champion Roger Federer and halting the reigning no. 1's other-worldly streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearances. 

Soderling accomplished what, oh, some 110 previous opponents have not been able to do at all those other majors (16 of them eventually won by Federer), but Juan Martin del Potro was able to accomplish in a match that had no bearing on Federer's semifinal streak because it occurred in a final (at the U.S. Open last September; don't for a moment think Soderling wasn't watching). Soderling took the game to Federer and overpowered him with a deadly combination of raw power tennis and a willingness to put unrelenting pressure on Federer's backhand.

The winner-to-error ratio was significant. Soderling rained down 49 winners, nine more than Federer, and more than the top seed in every set but the first. Soderling also hit a yeoman's share of unforced errors (42, to Federer's 27), but that's the nature of go-for-broke tennis; you can smack three ugly errors to go down 0-40, but if you win the game, who cares?

In that regard, the forced error stats may speak most eloquently for Soderling's effort: Federer made nine more forced errors (48), which tells you what kind of pressure he was under. Added up (if my math is correct) that amounts to 124 points that were decided by Soderling winners, errors he forced, and gifts from Federer. That's 30-plus games worth of points (on the admittedly shaky assumption that four points equal a game).

But this was a slightly more textured form of simple than it might appear, for straight-ahead power players usually play on their own terms, and hit the ball any danged place they please. Soderlings innate recognition of, and respect for, Federer's forehand convinced him that discretion is the better - but not the only  - part of valor. In this match, he played with equal measures of both, synthesizing a lot of Rafael Nadal (pressure the backhand) and Del Potro, or even a guy like Fernando Gonzalez: take huge cuts, burn the lines, hold nothing back and hope it all works out okay. In other words, Keep it Simple, Stup - er, Soderling.

At the outset, It appeared that Federer would meet this challenge as he has met so many similar ones. He won the first set comfortably, but lost his momentum and promptly lost the first three games of the second; the damage was done, and it was enough to put the wind at Soderling's back. He made his early break stand up as the men held to serve out another 6-3 set.

Soderling made his key break of the match in the eleventh game of the third set, for 6-5. He was shaky, serving that next game, but he never lost his nerve. He served out the set following what appeared to be an egregious error by umpire Stefan Fransson. Federer hit a forehand that appeared to be out on set point, but Fransson checked what might have been the wrong mark and refused to overrule.

Federer never got his racket on the replay ball, a heavy ace.

By then, the off-and-on drizzle was adding to the complications. The men left the court once (in the third set) for an extended rain delay, but spent part of the third and almost all of the fourth looking up at the skies, glaring at the tournament referee, consulting the umpire to talk about - what else? - the weather. . .

At one point, early in the fourth set, they rested in their chairs on court for a spell while the umbrellas sprouted throughout the stadium. Each man sat like a spent prize-fighter, red towel draped over his shoulders, under an umbrella. It was certainly a distraction that posed greater problems for Soderling, as it always does for the underdog who must fear fear that his momentum is broken. And Soderling is enough of a veteran to know that you allow the champ to hit the re-set button at your peril. There's a world of difference between "any given day" and "any given two consecutive days."

Play on, the umpire said.

The most telling moment appeared to be the third game of the fourth set, with Federer up a break at 2-0. He played a dismal game, falling behind 0-40. For a moment, he remembered who he is, and saved a break point with a service winner. But he made a forehand error on the next point to allow Soderling to even the set, and from that point on Federer was the one struggling to stay in the match.

The main difference, in the big picture, was that Soderling reached out aggressively to take the match, and he did that from start to finish. Meanwhile, Federer did a fair impersonation of Hamlet, his game fading in and out like the signal from a distant radio. More and more, it looks as if Federer is not really playing to win, the way a Soderling is in these upward arcing days of his career.

It seems that Federer is playing not to lose. He's doing a fair job of that, hanging in, fending off, snarling and snapping like a captive wolf in a cage. But Federer doesn't seem to seek the freedom represented by victory, or triumph over his captors and adversaries. He doesn't appear to want to attack, break through, run like the wind and distance himself from his tormentors.

The question, going into this event, was whether Federer would muster the focus, hunger, and determination that seems to have been in remission since he won the Australian Open. Did he have a stock game for most tournaments and a custom one for majors?

Unfortunately for Federer, Soderling was the most dangerous of opponents to entrust with those questions. He asked them all, and we all saw the answers.

The press conferences are just coming up; I think I'll wait until tomorrow to assess it all.


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Posted by Dave 06/01/2010 at 06:46 PM

Geelis - "The kryptonite for Nadal/Federer or any other player on clay (or any surface) is "controlled power". That will win almost every time. "

Very well said. You can't play tennis if you can't reach the ball in time.

On the Berdych - Soderling match: They play quite similar in style. I think they are quite equal, playing their best tennis, maybe Soderling i a little better. BUT, Soderling does have a psychological advantage which is not to be underestimated at big events - he has been in a GS final, Berdych hasn't. Besides that, I think Soderling is mentally more stable and focused. That is precisely the reason why Federer has been able to make 24 straight GS semifinals, his mental strenght and belief in himself when it matters the most.

Posted by Ricardo 06/01/2010 at 06:46 PM

Soderling played to win and won. To say that all he did was go for broke belittles his tactics and skill. To say that Federer faded is unfair, as well. He was beaten. There is no shame in that.

Posted by Geellis 06/01/2010 at 06:47 PM

I didn't buy the "he can turn it on for the slams" rationale that we heard from so many "experts" and commenters early in this clay-court season. There's something to be said for momentum. And Federer did not have it. The proof of Roger's being somewhat beyond his prime is how he handled (or did not handle) the rain delays. If you think about Federer during the '07 Wimbledon final vs. Nadal, that represented Federer at his best in terms of turning around a bad situation. When Nadal took the injury time-out in the 4th, after clearly having gained teh ascendency), Federer calmed himself and came out with a clear game plan that he executed to perfection (though it helped that, after having played 7 consecutive days, similar to Henin here, Nadal was spent). All of the pauses in this match vs. Soderling should have, I felt, benefited Federer.

I believe that the Federer of the past would have handled these moments today better. I think it's fair to say that the Federer fans have room to worry. Although we have to wait for the grass-court season (whatever that means), I think this clay court season demonstrated what many commenters and announcers have noted recently, namely, for what is Federer playing at this time? It's unclear that he possesses either the focus or hunger to keep winning either the big events or big matches. Though numerous commenters here have, for the past 4 months, said we'll have to wait till after Wimbledon to see how he's doing, I think you have to say the writing is on the wall. Not because he lost to an on fire Soderling. Rather, because he didn't show the champion's ability to raise his game (esp. in terms of serving and focus when under pressure) when he most needed it.

Other commenters here have argued that many, I guess they would say Federer doubters/haters, said the same things after his loss in the '09 AO final. For my part, I did not at that time say, the writing was on the wall generally. Rather, what I felt (and wrote) was that that loss portended a time of impending decline, on all surfaces, against his primary rival, Nadal. Because Nadal became injured, we did not get to see whether that prediction would stand up. That said, I have argued during the past 4 months (since the American HC swing) that Federer was essentially back where he was prior to Nadal's early exit at the '09 RG. I iterate that again. And, if it turns out this prediction is erroneous, I'll be happy to write back admitting that.

As for Nadal (my personal favorite player), I must say, that the entire clay-court season I regretted that Nadal did not meet Soderling. I did not want him to have to meet, for the first time this clay-court season, Soderling in the final of RG. And here we are in a situation where they are quite likely to meet in the finals at RG. That sucks for Nadal. I didn't want him, at crunch time in the final, to have the pressure of seeking to undo the loss to Soderling last year. I prefer my favorite players not to have any distractions (trying to get payback in the final of a GS is definitely a distraction).

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 06:47 PM

Congrats to Frannie on reaching the top ten, so deserved. Hey Temes, I'm cool with the losses, Robin really made up for it. Just hope your girl Serena comes through.

Posted by Carrie *Vamos Rafa and/or Nico, Elena, and Blackhawks!* 06/01/2010 at 06:49 PM

* it would further dissolve Fedal*

With all of the fatigue about Fedal does anyone else think that us fans will miss the rivalry when it is gone...and I do think it is going away. I do think Fedal has brought men's tennis back to the popular culture landscape (at least here in the US)and has acutally been a very good thing for the ATP. I am not ready to see the rivalry done and dusted- no matter how much the Fedal fan knife fights can get me glum.

Posted by Texastennis 06/01/2010 at 06:56 PM

I agree the peak Fed would not have used the conditions as an excuse - he beat Agassi in five sets in absolutely atrocious conditions at the USO in 2004, far worse than today in terms of virtually unplayable wind.

Moderator - I'm happy to see you maintaining the civility of this board, but please be consistent. A few days ago, a poster referred to myself and others with a clear personal insult, far more than the exasperation of today, but that was not moderated.

Posted by Woodworking Man 06/01/2010 at 06:57 PM

Fed lost because of his stubborness.

He thoroughly dismantled Soderling in the first set by playing the style of tennis that saw him vanquish him the past 12 times.

He took his power and used it against him to move him from side to side. Soderling takes huge windmill-like backswings and trying to hit shots like that whilst moving laterally inevitably draws errors.

After the first set, he mysteriously tried to out-slug Soderling from the back of the court, again and again losing telling rallies whilst Soda's confidence grew.

As a Rafa fan, I can only hope it's a Soderling-Nadal final where Rafa runs his Ikea face into the dirt.

Posted by TennisFan2 (looking for the 5th red star) 06/01/2010 at 06:58 PM

Carrie, I agree...not ready to see Fedal put to bed (but could do without the knife fights as well).

Posted by BlueDog 06/01/2010 at 06:59 PM

Hi Rosangel-

I don't think this was as big a shocker as Nadal last year. These days I think most Fed fans realize that Rogers consistency is iffy, so a win is never taken for granted. This time last year the prevailing sentiment was that Rafa was a sure thing for RG, and talk of CYGS was being bandied about. Solderling's victory was a complete blindside to RN and non-RN fans alike. This year Robin was a known threat, and had always shown the ability to be dangerous, even to Roger. So I think disappointment, not shock, is the prevailing sentiment amongst Fed fans.

I'm also not surprised that it isn't getting too ugly around here. Federer has surpassed many of the goals his fans had hoped for, so a loss just doesn't cut as deep. He's at the last stage of his career and the decline is inevitable. Rafa's loss last year was just as he seemed to be reaching his zenith, and was therefore all the more disappointing/shocking.

Posted by first (tennis' two and a half men) 06/01/2010 at 07:00 PM

Since 2006, tennis has been the story of two and a half men - of federer, nadal and the changing half man. In 2008, nole became the half man, replaced by delpo in 2009 and now by the sod in 2010. Lets see how long this continues ...

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/01/2010 at 07:00 PM

I was one of those who was tired of FeDal. I have been saying this for a long time. Frankly, as I am now fully drunk I could care less who wins on the men's side as RG is over for me in that regard. I do however wish to congratulate all the fans here who have been especially nice to us Fed fans as we are going through the pain of a loss - hehehehe - sometimes it happens.

I agree that Fed has not been at his best during this clay season, no matter what he says in his press conferences. Hail, he has not been himself since winning in Australia. Could it be that after winning the French Open last year, Federer was not motivated to defend the title. All year all we have been hearing is that he wishes to retain his Wimbledon title and the No. 1 rank. Is it possible that he is gearing up for Wimbledon and then that will be the end of his season? Hmm?

Posted by Voltaire 06/01/2010 at 07:02 PM

How do you spell bludgeon...may be as Soderling! I just watched the replay on ESPN and SOD was really scary....never seen such lusty hitting from anyone not named Delpo. In the final set Sod was ripping winners even when Fed was in position and still could barely react to the missiles. One word-outplayed. But must take a moment and reflect on the freaking unbelievable 23 semi-finals streak....will not be broken in this century. There's no equivalent either in Individual or Team sport for such sustained bit of exalted excellence...Roger you are something else. Thoughts on final....premature to speculate on Sodal(as some poster put it) final since Berdych can take down Sod. Nadal should be ready for anyone....shall prevail even that means 5 grueling sets.

SaSo could win the whole thing and CarWoz was definitely owned/rented out by Frannie;-)

Posted by Andrew 06/01/2010 at 07:04 PM

Rosangel: Federer has a 24 GS QF streak (l Kuerten R32 RG 2004).

Bad day all around for me: my PC picked up a "root kit" virus and has been wiped by the PC medic. So I have a brand new Windows computer, with 4 years worth of stuff (music, videos, Excel files) toast.

Backing up might have made sense, I guess.

Pete's assertion "It seems that Federer is playing not to lose. He's doing a fair job of that, hanging in, fending off, snarling and snapping like a captive wolf in a cage. But Federer doesn't seem to seek the freedom represented by victory, or triumph over his captors and adversaries. He doesn't appear to want to attack, break through, run like the wind and distance himself from his tormentors" frankly baffles me.

I'm on record as having given Federer an 80% chance of winning this match, and I saw nothing in set 1 that changed that. Federer was in all Soderling's service games, Soderling in none of Federer's. Set 2 changed that pattern, obviously. But Federer kept giving himself the opportunities - a set point in the third set, 40-15 in the game after the rain delay, the early break in set 4 - but Soderling would come roaring back.

Pete (and others here) have reminded me often enough that what you're doing on the court is only part of the story - what your opponent does as well has a huge impact. I'll go to my grave convinced that the tale of this match was two players played to win, one took his opportunities in the key moments of the match, and one didn't. Ma'aleesh.

Posted by Mr Rick 06/01/2010 at 07:04 PM

"Seriously, Robin's win will fill all the wannabes with belief. Maybe it's their turn, too. Why not? Game on."

Yep, AB, whatever. May the best man win.

It hasn't exactly been than difficult to beat Roger the past year, let's face it. But it also hasn't been very predictive of the future. The only guy who has beat Roger in the past year and gone on to actually win the tournament was Davydenko; who was killing everyone by the end of last Fall.

In the meantime,Soderling has hardly been a house-a-fire since taking down the great clay court giant last May. I think he has won 1 maybe 2 little tournaments since then? Usually craping out in the quarters. Hardly a very intimidating record as far as I'm concerned. But whatever, if he can get by Berdy this time (Berdy beat him earlier this year), snaps to him...


Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 07:05 PM

I just want to say what a GREAT job the moderators do here. They are continuing in the tradition that Steggy(RIP) started. I'm watching Caro and Frannie clearly was the better player. Just wasn't her day. Caro loss means there a good chance Vee and Ree will be one and two at Wimbledon which I think it great.

Posted by Glenn 06/01/2010 at 07:07 PM

Haven't posted here in over a year.

First of all congrats to Sod fans and commiserations to Fed fans. I still think Fed's going to wind up with at least 18 Grand Slams.

Vetmama: This Rafa fan is positively licking his chops at the prospect of Rafa playing Soderling. If Soderling wins, good on him. If Rafa wins, even better. No fear at all about this match up. It's the one I've been hoping for.

Pierre: 'psychic wound'? Do you remember the result of the Exo Robin and Rafa played at the beginning of this year on a hard court? By all accounts both of them took this Exo very seriously.

Lastly, anyone who thinks Nadal wasn't effected by injuries and the parents divorce last year is in denial.

I think it was Bobby who posted a very reasonable request maybe 2 months ago asking for more nuanced posts. More specifically why can't we say Robin played great and also say that Nadal wasn't 100%, it isn't necessarily an excuse.

When Tsonga played lights out against an in form Rafa at the '08 AO, Rafa answered his fans by saying,"he simply beat me."

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:07 PM

I have summed up my thoughts on the other post

Hugs Federer Fans cause I can soo relate with you


Rosangel I am soo happy to see you posting here.Long time.I understand with your job etc.

Hey its about time they gave you your own office sound proof of course with you own personal computer hooked up to TW

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:11 PM

Before everyone has Robin and say Rafa in the final there is still a lot of tennis to be played.

I will be interested to see how Robin performs in his s/final.After a huge mental and physical win over Roger,he could turn up flat in his next game.

Posted by ladyjulia 06/01/2010 at 07:11 PM

The wall street journal has some stats:

"Before bidding goodbye entirely to Federer’s amazing run, here’s one more way to appreciate it. Since he first ascended to the Top 10 eight years ago, Federer has won 536 sets and lost 103 in major tournaments. Just 15 of those lost sets were by a score of 6-2 or worse, including just one bagel set — against Nadal in that 2008 French Open final — and just three 6-1 sets (including one against Nadal in the same match). He also never retired to end a match. That’s just 2.3% of all sets in which he wasn’t even close. Nadal also has lost 15 sets by 6-2 or worse and retired once since ascending into the top 10, and retired once down 3-0. But that’s in far fewer sets, 350, for a rate twice Federer’s: 4.6%.

Meanwhile the other two players who have been recent fixtures at the top of the rankings get blown out far more often. Novak Djokovic has 11 lost sets of 6-2 or worse and three retirements in Grand Slam matches since reaching the top 10, for a rate of 5.6%. (In his defense, he’s never been bageled.) And Andy Murray has been blown out in 7.5% of Grand Slam sets since ascending to the Top 10, including a bagel in each of the last two French Opens. Federer’s reign may be near an end, but he’s still shown a consistency at the big tournaments unparalleled by his peers."

Posted by Glenn 06/01/2010 at 07:15 PM

Andrew: I've really enjoyed your posts. You're a very fair minded fan. Good on you.

I agree with you 100%, Fed played this match to win.

On the other note of your post, did the virus affect your search engines as well?

Posted by Andrew 06/01/2010 at 07:19 PM

Glenn: thanks for the kind words. Not an easy day.

Not sure what you mean by search engines, but essentially every scrap of data and every application was wiped. I have fresh copies of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office, but that's it.

Posted by Mr Rick 06/01/2010 at 07:20 PM

"He also never retired to end a match."

I think this is a STUNNING fact about Roger. He will always be in a class by himself, for many reasons. And its far from over yet.

Posted by BruceLee 06/01/2010 at 07:20 PM

Your a phenomenal HACK Bodo! How you became a paid sports writer is beyond me...

Posted by Sherlock 06/01/2010 at 07:21 PM

"the Scandis' hypothetical offspring could play baseball and hit moonballs out of the park."

Lol. Well done, AB. :)

Very interesting stats, ladyjulia. Thanks for posting.

Posted by BlueDog 06/01/2010 at 07:22 PM

Andrew-

I agree with you per "playing to win". Though I do think Federer has shown a tendency to hold back a bit on his kill shots. It's a slight, but definite tendency to be less aggressive, as though he's afraid to miss, and thinks conservative will be enough.

I think he said of the Tommy Hass BP save last year, "I wasn't afraid to die." (metaphorically of course). Now I feel like he is afraid to die at times.

In another note, I am surprised that the rational statistics guy hadn't backed up his computer!!!! That's the biggest shocker for me today. I'm sorry. I had to learn that painful lesson several years ago, and it s*cks. You should only need to learn it once, though.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:25 PM

Hi Glenn has it been that long.Time travels soo fast these days.Good to see you posting again

Posted by Pspace (Vamos Rafa and Ajde Glitter Queen!) 06/01/2010 at 07:25 PM

Andrew, ouch. Sorry about your computer. I know you love your "charts". I have some of them if you didn't back 'em up. Let me know. Well, I guess your email service provides auto backup, but nevertheless. Loss of that much data is tragic.

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Hmmm...the overwhelming mood seems to be farewell Federer? LOL. Dude is still gonna be #2 or #3 come Wimbledon. He still got game.

Posted by Stewart 06/01/2010 at 07:25 PM

Melzer is playing extremely well. I don't know how many people watched his 4th round match, but Gabashvilli was on fire this whole tournament and Melzer really had to take it to him to win.

Djok has a tough match.

Surprised no one else has commented on what's working in Almagro's favour. He JUST finished playing Rafa-life Verdasco - same lefty forehand and wicked topspin. So he really couldn't have faced a better opponent to prepare him for Rafa. Has anyone ever played Verdasco-Nadal back to back before?

Posted by Alex 06/01/2010 at 07:29 PM

I'm sensing that times have changed. There's not as much Rafaelites trying to rub it in. Maybe Federer having the CGS + 16 makes it more difficult.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:30 PM

Pspace I agree with your thoughts.Wimby is just around the corner.I am yet to see Roger play bad on the grass.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 07:32 PM

To me, the bigger upset was last year with the win over Rafa, but this is pretty close. My picks for tomorrow. Rafa in four, Serena in three, JJ in two.

Posted by Glenn 06/01/2010 at 07:33 PM

Andrew: I had a virus take down my home computer recently. The way it first showed up was when i would try to do a search in Google, Bing, Etc. Whenever i would click on a link that the search engine provided it would be redirceted to some other engine.

Then came the Adware-----and then came the Windows is being shut down message....Arghhh

AM: Thanks for the welcome.. the years definitely flying by way tooo fast these days.


Posted by Stewart 06/01/2010 at 07:33 PM

Damn, stupid site ate my post about how one shot can change a match.

All hail Sod!

Will be cheering like a maniac for Stosur and Jankovic tomorrow.

Posted by Mr Rick 06/01/2010 at 07:37 PM

Stewart - hmmm, well, probably why no one else has commented on what's working in Almagro's favour tomorrow, is that he also has an 0 - 6 record against Rafa.

Posted by MamaG 06/01/2010 at 07:38 PM

Not sure if anyone mentioned it and it's just a little thing, but wasn't the umpire Enrique(sp?) Molina today?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:38 PM

Samantha Elin I didnt get a chance to say this,even though Caroline was beaten she still had a good tournament.My advice to you Go Directly To The Shopping Mall,a bit of retail therapy is great for us woman and we can always justify our spending regardless of any circumstance.

Posted by Mr Rick 06/01/2010 at 07:41 PM

ah yes, Sam and AM, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:41 PM

Stewart May I say being a fan of Rafa and Stosur I hate the fact both will be playing again!

Rafa I warn you I am old ok and I dont need anymore upsets.I still havent got over last years you know what no?

Sam Keep on Believeing ok.

Posted by Mike 06/01/2010 at 07:43 PM

I'll be honest ... as a Fed KAD, of course I was hoping that Fed would meet Rafa on Sunday and finally beat him for the title, just as Rafa KADs would love to see Rafa take out Fed at the USO. But it was not to be ... so may the best man win. I have no horse in the race. ;)

Posted by BlueDog 06/01/2010 at 07:44 PM

Mr. Rick,

Didn't he also hav a 0-3 against Verdasco until yesterday? Belief is a dangerous weapon...

Posted by Gillian 06/01/2010 at 07:46 PM

This Fed fan is so very pleased for Robin. I haven't watched the match yet (awaiting the replay on Tennis Channel), but suffice it to say, in the past year, Rob has backed up the '09 final appearance and thensome. Kudos to him.

As for Roger, I really don't know what more we can ask of him. He's been #1 for a ridiculous amount of time. Won 16 majors. Showed amazing consistency year-in, year-out. I'm disappointed for him, today, but, by all accounts, he was simply outplayed. It happens. He seems a lot more well adjusted and able to deal with it than those observing him.

Posted by Andrew 06/01/2010 at 07:46 PM

Glenn: yup, similar story.

If it's not too OT, here's a bit of detail: I think (I can't be sure that I triggered the infection when I went to a fromsport site to watch streaming video of Berdych-Nadal. Two pop ups were triggered, one of them for something like "Adult Friend Finder." I believe (I could be wrong about this) that my fatal mistake was by closing this window (I should, apparently, have used CTRL-ALT-DELETE and gone via the Task Manager).

After that, it was fake anti Spyware (AntiMalware Doctor). I was savvy enough not to be taken in by this, and I thought that AVG Anti Virus and MalwareBytes would rid me of the infection. Second error: I should have shut down the machine at this point and taken it to a PC specialist - I might have saved the hard drive then. Once I rebooted, I think I was toast.

As to the match today, it reminded me of Del Potro in the USO - Federer was being slowly but surely driven back off the baseline. I said (in the second set, I think), that the match would turn on Soderling's serve vs Federer's movement. I agree with Federer, from his press conference, that he was playing well on clay this year. He looked to be locked in today as well - which makes Soderling's victory even more impressive. It's one thing to win when your opponent is playing poorly, but better when he's playing quite well. Another flashback - Gonzalez at the YEC Shanghai RR 2007. Good scrap, Federer had chances, Gonzalez took it.

Posted by Glenn 06/01/2010 at 07:48 PM

AM: LOL on the retail therapy. How many shoe closets do you have?

Very excited for Stosur. My favorite WTA player is Serena, The Warrior Princess, but i would be happy for Sammy if she takes the whole thing. :)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:51 PM

Glenn I have never really counted my shoes.Though I was surprised yesterday when I went to one of my shoe closets and found shoes I hadent worn as yet

Life is just full of Surprises.

Posted by Pspace (Vamos Rafa and Ajde Glitter Queen!) 06/01/2010 at 07:52 PM

Ok Zod played great. But, really it just came down to one shot. Federer's smash lob on SP in the third set, Zod stuck his racquet out and came up aces. No way he hits like that in the fourth set when he's down. Anyhoo, Randy's high bh volley in the Wimby TB comes to mind, as one that went Federer's way.

Given the number of matches that Fed has lost after holding MPs and SPs, it makes me wonder if he's crossed his cosmic threshold of breaks that go his way in tennis. I mean, at some point big shots on big points dry up, no?

Anyway, off to run and meditate on The Streak.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/01/2010 at 07:54 PM

I get what Pete was saying - or at least, I think so. (And anyone who's been around this site for at least a full year knows that I have a good track record at interpreting what Pete says. ;-)

I wouldn't really disagree with Pete's conclusions, especially since - this is what people always forget about a seemingly controversial statement - he explained, clarified and couched his statement by noting that Fed had done just fine, thank you, playing a more defense-oriented style, hanging back instead of attacking. That style fits a Federer template in which he absorbs your best stuff, rope-a-dopes you, makes you red line, and dares you to do it for at least three full sets if not more. Pete said that Federer entrusted Soderling with those questions today, and the Swede gave what were - for Roger - the wrong answers. Emphatic answers. Answers of excellence and sustained quality.

So, yes, Pete thinks Fed played defensively and not with all-out mentally-liberated abandon, which - it's fair to say - a man with 16 majors should feel perfectly willing to display. I'll buy all of that.

What I'll also buy, though, is that if a particular modus operandi has already won you 16 majors and 23 straight major quarterfinal matches (heading into today), why indeed *would* you change?

The more defensive and not-so-attack-based style from Federer was as simple as 12-0. Soderling finally got one, Vitas Gerulaitis-style.

Full credit to Sod. It's not an indictment of Fed that he did play more defensively. It hard worked so many times before. Someone other than Rafa (and Delpo at the US Open) finally attained a high level of tennis and maintained it for at least 3 full sets.

Exit Federer. The cookie crumbled the wrong way today. C'est la vie.

(I wish Federer's luck could rub off on all the sports teams, college and pro, I root for, and who NEVER taste even one title or one highly successful season.)

Posted by Mr Rick 06/01/2010 at 07:54 PM

ok well, let's put it this way, bluedog, if Almagro beats rafa tomorrow, i will eat my shorts

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:55 PM

Psapce Good point.I sat in disbelief honestly.

Posted by Kwaku 06/01/2010 at 07:56 PM

An upset is no achievement at all until consolidated by winning the tournament. So let me just remind you again: Sod has achieved nothing.
(No hate, simply stating the obvious.)
Yes, I saw the match. And I think Sod looked so great because Fed let him. Which came as no surprise given Fed's clay season. Put Sod in front of Rafa and he will look mediocre again. And you will wonder wher his fire went.
Rafa in straights (if they both reach the final, of course).

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 07:57 PM

Here are the top young players in the WTA: Sorana, Lisicki, Vika, Rezai, Caro, Wickmayer, Klebey. In spite of all the bashing she receives Caro has more titles, higher ranking and made it further in the slam and guess what? She's the youngest and showing that she can handle the pressure when she's now the hunted. And since when is a quarter final run into a grandslam not good? Hey, it was great when Vika and Oudin did it. This was a great run for her, not on her best surface. She had a better run than some top players: Justine, Venus, Sharapova and others. Great quarter final run for Scandinavia's beautiful and talented no l.

Posted by Glenn 06/01/2010 at 07:57 PM

Thanks for the computer details Andrew. I remember the Adult Friend Finder popping up during a streaming match as well!!

I'm going to try one last system restore and then save all data!

Leaving for work, ciao for now.

Posted by Seamus 06/01/2010 at 07:59 PM

Samantha E., you got a bit of a catty backlash earlier from some Fedfans. I thought they were mean and "personal" in their comments and I thought you handled yourself very well.It is natural to get a little exuberant when someone you support and who does not win all the time has a big victory. Fed had a good run of it over the last 6 years of grand slams. He handles himself well after defeat and his fans should do the same. Jusdt wanted to extend some support. Over and out

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 07:59 PM

Glenn Bye for now.Dont forget to come back ok.

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 08:01 PM

Thanks AM, although I'll be pulling for Serena who is one of my favorite, good luck to Stosur who is playing well and this is clay, not Serena's best surface. So who knows?

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 08:06 PM

Seamus thanks. I try to follow the site rules. And my post maybe frank on players, but I don't attack fellow posters. Ros, good to see you posting again. Again thanks. Caro had a final run at the USO, now a quarter final run. To me, this is very good. Robin is definetly the second favorite now. He is the second best player left with the way Djoko is struggling with his serve.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/01/2010 at 08:08 PM

Kwaku:

You have a fair amount of logic behind your point, but let me pose a somewhat contrarian perspective.

It's not a given that an upset means nothing without winning a tournament. If you have a loaded draw or a sketchy reputation, reaching the semis or final without winning a major can represent a substantial accomplishment.

For me - others' mileage may vary, as Andrew says - Soderling needs to beat Berdych and make a credible showing against Rafa, win or lose. He doesn't need to beat Rafa; he only needs to get to Sunday and push Rafa to some degree. If he loses to Berdych, yeah, that would be a waste. No offense to Berdych intended, but Soderling needs to burnish his big-boy, dragon-slaying status by getting to another major final.

PS: Other players who did not win major tournaments but still had legitimately great runs that meant something: Roddick Wimbledon 2009; Cilic USO 09 and Aussie '10; Murray USO 08; Baghdatis Aussie 06; Soderling French 09; Schuettler Wimbledon 08; Bjorkman Wimbledon 06; and there are surely many other examples.

PPS: The even bigger measure of the value of an upset is not even in the same tournament, but in the collections of majors over the course of a full year and, by extension, throughout a career. Is one big run an aberration, or part of an emergent new pattern of elevated and sustained success? Soderling, since the French last year, has definitely dialed up his game. If he hadn't drawn Fed at SW19 and New York, he might be working on an even better series of results than what he's posted recently.

Posted by PM 06/01/2010 at 08:09 PM

I think Federer's footwork is just as good or better this year than last. He ran into a hot opponent, bad conditions, and he just got beat (today that is).

I anticipate he'll be much stronger at Wimbledon this year because he'll have an extra week or two to practive plus play Halle.

Mt take...

Posted by Samantha Elin, Caro to the haters, don't you wish your pusher was hot like me. 06/01/2010 at 08:11 PM

Ok, nite all, time to study. I enjoyed myself with Robin today. And Temes, don't be such a stranger. I love it when my neighbor from Finland posts. Reminds me of home. One pick I forgot Djoko over Meltzer in four.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 06/01/2010 at 08:14 PM

Andrew:

I suspect that you've heard of companies that maintain that they can retrieve data off hard drives, even after said hard drives have been formatted, depending on the type of formatting the disks have undergone.

The amount of data that can be retrieved and the cost of said retrieval, of course, may or may not be cost beneficial, depending on the circumstances.

Now that I have stated the obvious . . . .

I use Kaspersky on my computers. Kaspersky definitely fires warnings at me when I visit some of the streaming video sites--warnings I tend to ignore. I'll probably get bitten eventually (if I haven't already), if some trojan or other type of spyware is residing on one of my computers, unbeknownst to Kaspersky.

But, at least, I back up fairly regularly.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/01/2010 at 08:14 PM

I don't think Rafa is suffering any psychic wounds from his loss to soderling last year. Or rather, I think he did, but I think the last couple of months have all but erased them. He beat Robin the last time they played (i know, it was an exo but still). TTC is showing the last 2.5 sets of roger/robin again. wow. this is big news. Interesting to listen to McEnroe discussing the match before they played. Of course he thought Fed was going to win but he did say he thought Fed's so-so play since the AO was not just a let down but boredom. He said when you've won all their is to win and hold so many records, what's left? Plus he mentioned the impact of having children. He said as a Dad himself he knows that it is a distraction and a major change in one's life.

hey Rosangel! I had been wondering if you were going to Paris this year. I guess your job doesn't allow you the time. good to see you!

Posted by kj 06/01/2010 at 08:16 PM

Someone tell Fed to bring back his forehand of 04/05/06 and his backhand of of 06/07. Problem solved. To people who beleive his movement is declinig please acknowledge how hard it is to move quickly and smoothly on wet( let's be honest saturated) clay. His movement at the Australian Open was amazing as good as it has ever been, especially given the fact that the day matches are usually played in 30'C at around 70-90% humidity.
And I don't think he has lost it over 4 months

Posted by cindy 06/01/2010 at 08:18 PM

congrates to Soderling he played a great match. but i still cant believe that Federer lost. i hope that Soderling wins the title.

Posted by Kwaku 06/01/2010 at 08:23 PM

Matt, I say that precisely bc I consider Sod should be ripe to deliver, so at this point if he doesn't, he's done basically nothing he hasn't done before. In other words: celebrations are very premature. Yet in other words: the meat is on Fed losing, not Sod winning. He has won nothing.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 06/01/2010 at 08:25 PM

Woohoo Rockin' Robin wins in four sets, I wish I could of watched the match, might to try to when I get home from work. SamE I hope Robin's win makes up for Justine and Caro losing. I watched two gmes of the third set this morning and was impressed. I am sure he can beat Berdy, well at least I hope so.

Congrats to him and sod's friend and myself and commies to Roger, tim and everyone else.

I am still smiling at the way Franny dismantled Caro yesterday, she was simple brillant.

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/01/2010 at 08:27 PM

Writing obits for Fed tempts Twain's famous line, but I wonder if AO '10 might prove the last great non-Wimby Slam championship performance of Fed's career. If motivated and healthy, Fed can probably compete for the Wimbledon title into his early thirties and maybe win a couple/few along the way. But let's face it, Mrs. Strawberries and Cream is not the meat-grinder the other three majors are. Fed, for my money, is the greatest HC Slam play ever (by a surprisingly sizable margin), but I think it'll prove increasingly difficult for him to navigate the most competitive fields over two weeks on concrete to a USO or AO title. The French? It was always his weakest surface. It was just that he was the closest to Rafa on it, and even then his SF and RU results were a bit deceptive (e.g., he never managed to push Rafa to a fifth set, and their matches, more or less, became less competitive each year).

One other thing about AO '10. I wonder if in six or seven months now we won't say the most surprising result from any individual men's match of 2010 was Marcel Granollers beating Robin Soderling in the first round at Melbourne. Could take on more and more of a "WTF was that about?" tag as the year progresses.

Posted by CL/TMF 16 & Counting 06/01/2010 at 08:29 PM

Andrew- SO sorry about your computer. Yeah, bad day all around. Do you want some music? Um, free? lol. I have rather 'eclectic tastes.' And I could send you ALL my pics...you could have a whole different cyber family. Oh, ouch...really feel bad...badly... for you.

As to the rest....PPFFTThpfffttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt! To quote Bill the Cat.

I wonder if Amazon carries the Miss Manners Shoulder RPG w/Shock Collar? Used? New?

Grant- you weren't right...you were just shifty! Still have the Traitor Seeking ICBM, (but wait you are in the same continent!...what to do, what to do!!!???), w/Puppy Vomit Nose Cone and Pocket Calculator. Watch your back.

Posted by rudy3 (proud Rafaelite since 2005) 06/01/2010 at 08:30 PM

"PS: Other players who did not win major tournaments but still had legitimately great runs that meant something: Roddick Wimbledon 2009; Cilic USO 09 and Aussie '10; Murray USO 08; Baghdatis Aussie 06; Soderling French 09; Schuettler Wimbledon 08; Bjorkman Wimbledon 06; and there are surely many other examples."

Matt, don't leave Agassi's 05 run tos the USO final, or was it 06? whatever, he ran into the Federer buzzsaw, but it was an electric run.

Andrew, you have had a tough day. I suggest, a bottle of vino, and a dvd of your favorite Fed victory. I speak from post-Sod experience, it helps with the perspective.

Roseangel, hi! long time no read/see

Posted by chicklet 06/01/2010 at 08:32 PM

Andrew - I also got malware from fromsport.

My version was AntiSpyware Soft. Cost me $189 to have it taken care of, but at least I didn't lose all my files. Never ever close the popups!

Posted by CL/TMF 16 & Counting 06/01/2010 at 08:32 PM

Kwaku - well, Robin won a match against the top ranked player in the world. I dunno about you, but for me, that ain't nothin.' Its not an entire tournament, but it very definitely something. And not a little something either. What, if anything, it bodes for the rest of this RG remains to be seen, but it was a well played match.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 06/01/2010 at 08:33 PM

AM posted: I will be interested to see how Robin performs in his s/final.After a huge mental and physical win over Roger,he could turn up flat in his next game.

AM this could be true but he didn't have a letdown after beating Rafa last year so I can't see that happening, Magnus wouldn't let it happen either.

SamE glad to see you are still smiling and happy. Two down and one left on the women's side for you.

Posted by Matt Zemek 06/01/2010 at 08:33 PM

Hey, Rudy3! Great to find you here as well!

You're absolutely right re: Agassi '05. Plenty of other examples exist!

Kwaku:

Fair enough. Just wanted to shake loose and tease out some extra details. I would say that Soderling has the game which should produce a major before he eventually retires.

I'm also waiting (as is the tennis world) for Mr. Davydenko to at least make one major final before he rides into his own tennis sunset. I hope he makes it.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/01/2010 at 08:34 PM

Andrew: you lost all your vids, pics and music? that completely sux. I guess you can grab your vids off youtube but what a major drag. *hugs*

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/01/2010 at 08:42 PM

"I suspect that you've heard of companies that maintain that they can retrieve data off hard drives, even after said hard drives have been formatted, depending on the type of formatting the disks have undergone."

Andrew -- just to piggyback off what MSF said, I too lost my HD (and therefore PC, of course) to some spyware thing six months back, but I was able to take it to a local Mom and Pop store and pay the guy a hundred bucks to retrieve all my files onto a flash drive. You should be able to find such repairmen in your neck of the woods if you wish to salvage your files. In fact, even that Geek Squad outfit that's tied into Best Buy probably offers HD retrieval services.

If you know this already, apologies for the redundancy. ;)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 08:44 PM

AA Congrats to Robin he deserved his win.I didnt see all the match cause it went into rain delay.

I also give Magnus soo much credit.Though once a player is on court its up to that player to handle whatever comes their way.A coach can only do soo much.In saying that the one thing that has stood out for me in Robins game last year is he isnt going away like in the past.His focus and mental ability has improved.

There is still a lot of tennis to be played.That also is the point with Rafa.If everyone thing this is a given final

We Gonna See No?

Posted by RFF 06/01/2010 at 08:46 PM

Last year, Rafa won the Aussie Open, lost the Madrid final to Fed, and got beat by Le Sod at the French Open. This year, Fed won AO, lost the Madrid final to Rafa, and got beat by Le Sod at the FO. Can't wait what happens at Wimbledon.

Posted by Corrie 06/01/2010 at 08:48 PM

I'm very happy for Robin because he's keeping alive the flame of Swedish tennis, and as a huge Edberg fan I've always taken a big interest in Swedish tennis, although Robin's brand of tennis is like chalk and cheese to Edberg's. Robin's got a great coach too, in Norman. It would be fantastic if he could win it all.

But I do feel sad for Fed that his incredible run has come to an end. He's clearly more vulnerable or inconsistent that he was, but hopefully he can play more freely at Wimbledon now his semi streak has come to an end and he'll no longer have to worry about breaking Sampras #1 record. But as us Fed fans keep saying, it's all now a mixture of gravy and icing.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 06/01/2010 at 08:48 PM

Andrew sorry to read that you had major computer problems and that you lost your vids and music. Yes backing up is a good idea every now and again.

Posted by wilson75 06/01/2010 at 08:49 PM

After 8 days of relative calm, there has been a bigger upset since Saturday. Venus, Justin, Roger. Will RG return to normal tomorrow or will the trend continue?

Another thought say what you want about Roger he's a classy guy. I'm sure the ITF would've understood if he had decided not to attend tonite's awards dinner considering what happened today but he still turned up. Not many players would do that.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/01/2010 at 08:50 PM

I was just talking to someone about the eerie similarities between what happened to Rafa last year and Fed today. Both were defending champs. Both were number1 in the world. And both lost in 4 sets to Soderling! So fed fans, I really empathize with the disappointment and sadness you guys are feeling. Except Fed can go home and polish 16 slam trophies. I hope that eases the pain a wee bit.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 08:50 PM

Corrie Hey I understand being a Roger fan where you are coming from.Though Wimby is just around the corner and I have yet to see Roger play badly there.Also I will be coming down to Melbourne for the Masters Art show and Tim Burton will be giving lectures cant wait.Maybe we can do High Tea again lol!

Posted by ladyjulia 06/01/2010 at 08:51 PM

"Last year, Rafa won the Aussie Open, lost the Madrid final to Fed, and got beat by Le Sod at the French Open. This year, Fed won AO, lost the Madrid final to Rafa, and got beat by Le Sod at the FO. Can't wait what happens at Wimbledon."

RFF...interesting observation..coincidence no doubt. But it has a nice symmetry to it.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/01/2010 at 08:52 PM

oh, and they were both reigning AO champs.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 08:53 PM

Good to see also Rudy3 here as always

Posted by ladyjulia 06/01/2010 at 08:53 PM

"Last year, Rafa won the Aussie Open, lost the Madrid final to Fed, and got beat by Le Sod at the French Open. This year, Fed won AO, lost the Madrid final to Rafa, and got beat by Le Sod at the FO. Can't wait what happens at Wimbledon."

RFF...interesting observation..coincidence no doubt. But it has a nice symmetry to it.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 06/01/2010 at 08:55 PM

I am also giving GB license to frazzling however much she likes. I want Nico to bring his game tonight and make Rafa fight for his win. I still think Rafa will win but I want a competitive match. I would love it if Nico won.

On the women's side Franny's win against Caro was the best for me, simply for the way she played and her exuburance afterwards. She played the match in a great spirit. I hope the next time Flavia has to play Caro she gives Franny a call for some tips.

Posted by sod'sfriend (gunning for "fedal slam" - roger down, bring on rafa!) 06/01/2010 at 08:56 PM

ok, foops, here's the plan:

the only we foops are going to gain any wespect is to take fedal down a otch or two - i mean legally, you know, like the way my man did today.

so all almagro and djoker fans, i'm will be rooting for you to take down that other guy.

if y'all fail, camp soderling is gunning for the "fedal slam!"

yes, if rafa shows up in the finals on sunday (ok, berdych be darned), we want to rewrite our own official record in the tennis books:

the only man who took down the #1 and #2 seeds enroute to winning his first slam, ending all kinds of streaks in the process.

how's that for a plan, eh?

Posted by crazyone 06/01/2010 at 08:57 PM

Andrew: you and I seem to be having a similarly bad day--my lab setup computer has been similarly attacked and I don't seem to be having much success wiping just the virus off. Fortunately my data is not saved on this computer, but it'd be a pain to have to install all the software etc. off again...

any suggestions on how to deal with the Olmarik Trojan?

maybe this is why I'm not that disturbed by Fed's loss...

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 08:57 PM

AA I was soo happy for Frans win,she played beautifully and deserves her place in the s/finals.

Posted by crazyone 06/01/2010 at 08:58 PM

sod's friend: Delpo's already done what you want Sod to do.

Posted by C$ 06/01/2010 at 08:59 PM

"More and more, it looks as if Federer is not really playing to win, the way a Soderling is in these upward arcing days of his career.

It seems that Federer is playing not to lose."

We have a winner! (ding-ding-ding)

You hit the nail on the head, Mr. Bodo.

Posted by thooz 06/01/2010 at 09:01 PM

A great champion met his match today. Congratulations to Soderling. If he and Nadal make it to the final, I'll be rooting for Robin, because if he beats Nadal, Roger will retain his # 1 ranking and break the Sampras record of total weeks at number one. The Fed deserves to break this record, especially considering that he already smashed the consecutive weeks at #1 record quite some time ago. Regarding Roger's "decline," yes, his powers are gradually waning due to the natural process of aging. But guess what? He could easily win four more Majors before he retires, ending up with the nice round sum of 20! Such a "decline" would be the envy of many great tennis players.

Posted by sod'sfriend (gunning for "fedal slam" - roger down, bring on rafa!) 06/01/2010 at 09:01 PM

c1,

u are too clever. but wasn't rafa the #3 seed at the uso2009?

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 06/01/2010 at 09:05 PM

sod's friend: Delpo already did it. But robin's place in tennis history is still unique by beating rafa last year and fed this year. He is the red clay giant killer. a great feat in and of itself. I want a Naderling final on sunday.

AA- frannie played just great today. would love love love to see her win the title.

Posted by Brato 06/01/2010 at 09:06 PM

The umpire was Malena not Fransson.

Posted by john jay 06/01/2010 at 09:13 PM

Finally some true power players on the scene...bigger and stronger...and most important - bolder!!! Nice to see someone going for broke on big points instead of trying to draw the error...hope he plays Rafa and is able to do the same....would be a great match indeed.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 06/01/2010 at 09:13 PM

Well we could have a Berdychv Novak or Meltzer final,also add Almagro into the mix? lol!

Always be careful what you wish for

Grand plans sometimes can come unstuck big time

I will just be concentrating on Rafa v Alamgro.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 06/01/2010 at 09:14 PM

Annie when I was showering this morning I just kept thinking of her smile after she won then I went and turned on the tv and found out Robin won and I haven't wiped the smile off my face so far.

I'm looking forward to Sam and Serena tonight and I hope Sam doesn't have a letdown after her win over Justine.

Posted by sod'sfriend (gunning for "fedal slam" - roger down, bring on rafa!) 06/01/2010 at 09:14 PM

on today's match, which i ended up watching most of.

i am at a loss why many think federer could have done anything more special than he did against le sod today.

soderling's power was simply too much to handle. signs of what was to come was written all over the first set.

after set#1, federer tried a few times to mix it up (netting a fh ds once), but he was never in control of most of the points. even when federer was serving, soderling returned the balls with so much power and violence (yes, violence), federer didn't have the luxury of redirecting his shots purposefully.

robin soderling is in the zone. woe betide anyone who'd stand between him and his first grand slam title!

Posted by ladyjulia 06/01/2010 at 09:14 PM

For Fed fans,about the streak...

http://tinyurl.com/22t6npy

Posted by adicecream 06/01/2010 at 09:16 PM

I have generally been a FOOP too. But Berdych or Meltzer in an RG final? Or Amalgro? Boring!!!

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