Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has thrown light behind Rafael Nadal's loss at the 2009 French Open to Robin Soderling, of Sweden. Nadal has won in Roland Garros a record 12 times and lost only 2 matches there in his career, one of them coming in the fourth round of the 2009 event to Soderling.
Tsonga says Rafael Nadal was sick during his match against Soderling
Speaking on a live stream on Twitch with fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils, Tsonga says, “Rafa will never speak about this, but when he lost to Soderling at the French Open in 2009, we all knew he was sick.
He had a bad throat and did not feel well at all. That’s the truth”. Monfils also spoke about Nadal on the stream saying, "We are talking about working but we must also understand that there are people who are naturally above it, that's how it is.
The strength that Nadal imposes on a court remains something that is difficult to describe." The Spaniard had won the event in Paris for four years in a row from 2005 to 2008 before his loss to Soderling. After his first loss in 2009, he won the event for five years in a row again.
At the 2015 French Open, he suffered his 2nd loss at the French Open to Novak Djokovic. He pulled out mid-way during the 2016 event due to an injury and then returned to win once again for three years in a row. Rafael Nadal is known as the king of Roland Garros - his 12 titles there is a record for any player.
He will be hoping to win the tournament for a record 13th time in his career when the tournament is played again. The tournament was due to be held this week in Paris but has been postponed due to the global pandemic. The tournament is now scheduled to take place in September this year.