Robin Söderling, born Robin Bob Carl Soderling, is a Swedish professional tennis player.
“Super” Söderling, is known for being the first and only tennis player to have beaten Rafael Nadal in the French Open Tournament. As of June 02, 2009, Soderling is the only Swedish player in the top 100 of the ATP World Rankings.
Soderling lives in Monte Carlo. He became a professional tennis player in 2001 and is currently coached by Peter Carlsson. Robin is born in Tibro, Sweden on August 14 1984. As of January 2007, he is number 23 in the Career High ATP Ranking Singles and number 150 in the Career High Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking.
The Swedish player keeps a record of 5-2 Davis Cup career singles record in five ties. He ranked number 4 in the Junior category in 2004. This was highlighted when he won the Orange Bowl title. He also won the title of the European Junior Championships and reached the finals for the doubles with C. Johansson.
As of 2008, Söderling holds 3 ATP World Tour Singles titles. He won his first on October 2004 at Lyon, France against Xavier Malisse. He earned his next title in January 2005 when he defeated Radek Stepanek in Milan, Italy. His third title was won on October 2008 after he defeated Julien Benneteau at Lyon, France. He also has one Doubles title, which he won with Jonas Björkman on July 2008.
In 2009, Söderling made his debut at the 2009 Brisbane International. He lost during the quarterfinals. After Brisbane International, he moved on to play at the 2009 Heineken Open and the 2009 Australian Open. At the Rome Masters, Söderling reached the third round before falling to Spanish player Rafael Nadal. At the Madrid Masters, he also reached the third round before loosing to Swiss player Roger Federer.
At the 2009 French Open, Söderling managed to reach the 4th round which set up another meeting between him and Nadal. He went on to win the game witgh 6-2 6-7 (2) 6-4 7-6 (2). With his win, Soderling ended Nadal’s Roland Garros winning streak at 31matches. He also ended Nadal’s 4 year winning streak at the French Open as well as his 48-0 winning streak on clay in five-set matches.
Two days after defeating Nadal, Soderling moved on to the semi-finals of the French Open. He faced and defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-3 6-1. His defeat of Davydenko advanced Söderling to his first major semi-final match, in which he played Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and prevailed 6-3 7-5 5-7 4-6 6-4. Soderling was down 0-3 and 1-4 in the final set, then reeled off the final five games to clinch the semi-final win. On June 6, 2009, he faced Roger Federer in the finals. Federer won in straight-sets 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4, and by doing so, claimed his first French Open title and 14th Grand Slam title, tied Pete Sampras for the greatest number of Grand Slam titles, and became one of only 6 men - Andre Agassi among them - to have achieved the career Slam (winning Wimbledon, U.S. Open, French Open, and Australian Open).
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Saturday January 2
Spain’s Rafael Nadal crushed world number eight Robin Soderling in the final of the season-opening Capitala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. More