"maybe the folks who go to RG felt cheated last year after Sod took out Rafa "
I think you missed the parts of the match last year where they were chanting Robin's name and booing Rafa!!
and to your question, "am I the only person who would like to see a Soderling-Djokovic final? "
short answer "No".
Posted by Nam1
06/02/2010 at 08:27 AM
there may be one to 2 more who want that final but thats it, I think, most people are hoping for a Rafa-Sod final...frazzling Rafa fans are saying let him get to the final first.
Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature)
06/02/2010 at 08:34 AM
Match call is going on on the Throwing the Sink post. FYI>
Posted by leigh
06/02/2010 at 08:40 AM
Borg told Swedish newspaper Expressen on Wednesday that Soderling “will become the world’s No. 1, and will do it faster than we can expect.”
Soderling is going to feel so much pressure to continue to do well. Can he handle these expectations
from the great Swedish players?? We'll see.
Posted by felizjulianidad
06/02/2010 at 08:45 AM
Caroline, Soderling was never Federer's tormentor. Apart from Nadal, the only pros I can think of are Cañas and Nalbandián, but the former only got two lucky little leads and Nalbandián is a more of a neck-and-neck thing since their junior days. I don't consider Djokovic and Murray to have ever been Federer's tormentors - they challenged him, bothered him for a bit, and have since not been able to do anything of significance against him in a bit stage.
As for Soderling, I can't make sense of the guy. The other day I saw an interview or two and I almost thought that he's actually just a fairly straightforward guy that the media has insisted on depicting as an a**hole, but to be honest... now I'm leaning towards "sociopath".
Posted by Mike
06/02/2010 at 09:10 AM
No doubt there were/are a few players that Fed didn't/doesn't match up well against (most notably Rafa, especially on clay), but when in his prime up until now ... he still managed to win more than he lost enough to remain #1 nearly the entire time (it took 5 years for his #1 nemesis to reverse it, and only for a few months).
I just think age, family life, mileage, and other factors are starting to take just enough out of Fed to turn what would have once been a narrow victory into a loss. I honestly think it started after the mono diagnosis (less consistent) ... and has been slowly taking it's toll since. You simply can't win them all forever ... all streaks come to an end sooner or later. >sigh<
Posted by big_tennis_fan
06/02/2010 at 04:39 PM
Soderling was so courteous and humble when he lost last year's final at Roland Garros to Roger. Remember him saying something like "Roger gave me a lesson in tennis today". This guy certainly has the right combination of audacity and game to be the champion. Good luck Sod:)
Posted by Jim
06/02/2010 at 05:51 PM
I had forgetten about the gift that Federer got on set point against in the third---that Hawkeye showed was out a few inches. I'm a Federer fan to the bone, but I'd have puked if Roger had come back to win the set.
That was just wrong. The same type of thing cost Djokavic a point late in the fifth today.
How, in this day in age, do the French officials justify this? Are they sweeping the court after each struck ball so they're sure not to stare at the wrong mark? (And I can't see it on TV? There's a delay from France to Indiana but not like that)
I don't know what's dumber. Not using the technology or...not using it but letting television use it so the official's stupidity is laid bare.
Grow up French Open.
Posted by sandra
06/02/2010 at 10:44 PM
Sad that Roger lost but at least was Sod and not Nadal. As a Rog's fan I hope Sod goes to the final and beats Nadal. Maybe is destiny .... we will see on Sunday.
Posted by Shihab
06/04/2010 at 04:14 AM
Not to make excuses for Fed, and I'm sure this has been addressed but I'm not sorting through 500+ comments, but the weather conditions really did Federer in. He himself said in his presser that he played well but it was so oppressively heavy and cold and on the slowest court (Lenglen) that the deck was stacked in favor of the harder, flatter hitting Soderling. Honestly, their levels were close enough that on a warmer, sunny day, Federer could definitely have taken that match. It resembled Roddick/Gabashvili and Berdych/all-his-matches all over again.