He had the (un)luck of being in the same era as Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, three champions who probably did not allow him to go beyond the excellent results obtained in the ATP circuit. Robin Soderling, engaged in the Davis Cup with the Sweden that he represents as captain, has recently returned to talk about the Big Three, expressing some interesting considerations.
The native of Tibro, who announced his retirement in 2015, managed to get the fourth place in the world ranking in his career and reached twice (among other things in a row) in the final at Roland Garros, home of the dominant Spaniard by Manacor.
In his palmares 10 titles and also a semifinal at the 2009 ATP Finals.
Soderling talks about Federer
Robin Soderling famously became one of only two players to defeat Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009, when he reached the final against Roger Federer.
The Swede had an excellent season that year, reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open and the semifinals at the ATP Finals. "I'm not saying he was the best, but the most uncomfortable for my game was Roger Federer," the Swede said.
"His style didn't suit my tennis." Soderling also spoke about his famous win over Rafael Nadal, who was the four-time defending champion at Roland Garros at the time. "It was a good match, but it was only a tennis match.
I had several good years and I have very good memories," he said. "The name of Roland Garros is more related to Rafa than to me. How many have you won? 12 or 13? It's that I lost count. What he has done there is incredible and will never happen again in history."
Roger Federer, despite not having played for half a year, remains the h*t topic of conversation throughout the tennis community. This time, retired San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker posted on Instagram about his own ‘little Roger’!
Retired NBA player Tony Parker shared a Roger Federer reference this week. The former San Antonio Spurs player shared a video of his 7-year-old son Josh playing tennis on Instagram. Parker called his son his ‘little Roger’.
No doubt, with the right attitude, under the mentorship of his 4-time champion father, little Josh could certainly become a wonder at the sport. According to her dream, Federer was her first-round opponent in Paris. However, even in the dream, the match never went through.