An epic day when Soderling beat Nadal in four sets to reach the finals of French Open in 2009 still lingers in one’s mind as he became famous for outclassing Nadal and proving to be his nemesis that too in his favorite ground.
For almost half of the decade Soderling was the best men in tennis who seemed invincible to be beaten. He moved to 4th rank which was his highest. This year is special because it brings back the memories attached with Soderling and Nadal rivalry as it is the 5th anniversary of the historical day when Soderling outclassed Nadal.
It still is hailed as the titanic upset in the history of world tennis. After 2011 he has been missing from the action due to injuries but he still has sights of making a comeback as he has not announced his retirement from world class tennis. He is recovering from his injuries by taking proper rest and care at home. Soderling is very blunt as he sincerely is making an effort to make a comeback. In an interview to a reputed magazine he stated that he cannot imagine his life without the tennis court. He has also trying his hand at developing handmade tennis ball as this activity is fun for him.
He is feeling positive and confident about making a comeback with enthusiasm. Even he recollects his match with Nadal when he beat him at his den. But he is taking one day at a time during his rest period. He is also going in for fishing and lot of other activities but clearly his fans want him to see him roaring back into the tennis court with a bang.
Novak Djokovic has won the Roma Masters tennis tournament. He defeated the Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal in the final match yesterday and achieved glory. His win was more remarkable because he got that after getting trailed by one set. The final score line of the match was 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the favour of Djokovic.
Nadal was probably everybody’s favourite in this match because of the nature of the surface, but, Djokovic who is a place behind Nadal in the world rankings showed his character and ended up proving people wrong.
In the post match interview, the Serbian said, “Whenever you turn up against such a great player, you have a tough task in your hands. Luckily, I ended up on the right side today and I want to dedicate this win to the people of my country who are going through some hard time at the moment.”
Nadal, on the other hand, was not looking as happy, but, he admitted the fact that too many matches in short duration might have exhausted him.
The world no. 1 said, “It’s been difficult few days. May be, I played too many matches back to back, but, you are supposed to do that as a professional player. So, no excuses, Novak played better and thus, he won.”
This win over Nadal has now made Djokovic the red hot favourite for the French Open which is going to start in a few days’ time. The 26 years old Serbian international has improved his clay court game a lot in the recent times and one should not be surprised if he goes all the way at Roland Garros as well.
Djokovic has not won even one French Open singles title in his career so far.
Novak Djokovic ended the wonderful winning streak of Roger Federer yesterday as he defeated the Swiss star in the final match of the BNP Paribas Open to lift his first trophy this season.
It was a nail biting match. Both the players gave it their all right through and at the end it was all about nerves in the tie breaker in the deciding set.
Djokovic appeared to be letting it slip through his hands as he missed out on first of the two match points that he got, but, the Serb didn’t commit that mistake on the second occasion and served it out to seal the title.
This result was somewhat expected. Yes, Federer has been in unbelievable form in 2014, but, still, Djokovic’s strength on hard courts is immense and in the previous few matches, he had shown that he was returning to his old colours. So, it was him who was the favourite in the contest and he did justice to that tag.
Djokovic’s start was a little bit shaky. It was probably down to his nervousness more than anything else, but, he slowly got into his own and then, displayed his class. Some of his hits in the second set were just magical.
This is the third time that Djokovic has clinched the singles title at Indian Wells.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, the 26 years old Serbian said, “It’s always tough to take on Roger. The kind of tennis he has been playing is absolutely fantastic. I am happy that I came on top.”
In total, it was the 33rd match between these two players and now, with this win, Djokovic has gone ahead by 17-16 as far as the head-to-head record is concerned.