2009 French Open – Rafael Nadal Loses to Soderling!

roland_garros_logo1The tennis world is in shocked tonight.

Rafael Nadal has been sent packing from the 2009 French Open!

Robin Soderling produced his best ever tennis to inflict defeat on the World number one for the first time ever at Roland Garros.

Nadal had not dropped a set since the final in 2007 and before today Rafa Nadal had not drop 2 sets in one match at the French Open, never mind lose a match. He had only dropped 7 sets in his 4 and half years of playing at the French Open.

That is until Super Robin Soderling stepped up, a player that only 4 weeks ago in Rome Nadal dismissed 6-0 6-1.

Soderling from point 1 went after Nadal and if not for poor tie break played in the second set, this would have been a straight sets win for Swede who is currently ranked 25 in the world and has never been in a grand slam quarter final.

Soderling had never beaten Nadal in their 3 meetings, though they did have a memorable meeting at Wimbledon in 2007 where Soderling mocked Nadal’s short tucking. The then world number 2 did not appreciate. Soderling lost that close match 6-4 6-4 6-7(7) 4-6 7-5. That match and the drubbing in Rome 4 weeks ago may just have been the inspiration that Soderling drawed on to post this most famous win.

At Nadal’s after match press conference he spoke on his loss

He didn’t surprise me because I know how he plays and how dangerous he can be. I didn’t play my best. I played very short and I couldn’t attack. I made it easy for him to play at his level. But I lost. It’s not a tragedy, I had to lose one day. I must accept my defeats with the same level of calm that I accept my victories.

The enormity of this win has so many consequences, Roger Federer will never have better chance than now to win the French Open title, that he so desperately seeks. He must improve substantially on his performances so far if he is to make history, he still has a number of hugely talented potential opponents to play.

Of all the places that Andy Murray could win his maiden grand slam title, Roland Garros was very much the bottom of every ones list, but the Scot is now the second favorite to lift the French Open Crown. See the updated Andy Murray French Open Odds.

The French crowd did show a lot of love for Nadal, but perhaps this is now the year for Tsonga or Monfils to take the roof of Roland Garros, Federer may potentially have to beat both these French players or they could even both meet in what would surely be a dream semi-final.

See the updated 2009 French Open Odds now Nadal is out!