Robin Soderling has once again knocked out the world number 1 at the French Open and makes history in being the first player in 24 grand slams to beat Roger Federer before the semi finals.
The 25-year-old Swede overcame a 12 match losing record and defeat in last year’s final with a convincing 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 over the 16 time grand slam champion.
Federer’s amazing record of reaching at least the semi finals of the last 23 grand slams dates back to the 2004 French Open where he lost in the third round to Gustavo Kuerten – Federer in that period, won 14 grand slam titles, reached a further 6 finals (lost 5 to Nadal, 1 to Del Potro) and was only 3 times eliminated in the semi finals (lost to Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
The enormity of this knockout is compounded with stat, that since losing to Djokovic at 2008 at the Australian Open the Swiss ace has reached every grand slam final and before that the last final without Federer was the 2005 French Open. For 5 straight years, Federer in the final was almost set in stone.
It all means that the dream French Open final of Nadal and Federer must wait – these two last met in grand slam final over a year ago at the Austrian Open and most fans were hoping to once again see these two living legends cross rackets.
Amazingly after a very torrid 12 months for Nadal which seen him lose his first ever French Open match, miss Wimbledon and a number of other events due to injury, the Spaniard will have the opportunity to regain his number 1 ranking, should he win the evnt this coming Sunday