Robert Lindstedt shows respect and admiration for Robin Soderling

Lindstedt returned to the Swedish team because of Soderling.

by Dzevad Mesic
Robert Lindstedt shows respect and admiration for Robin Soderling

Robert Lindstedt has nothing but respect for Robin Soderling and his tennis knowledge. Soderling enjoyed a successful career as he is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up and a former world No. 4. Soderling is now the Swedish Davis Cup team captain.

"When he's on court, the knowledge is amazing. There's no questioning that. Considering what Robin went through, what ended his career, I didn't think he would even have the energy to do this or was even longing for it. So I was a bit surprised," Lindstedt told TENNIS Magazine.

"I had taken a bit of a break from Davis Cup cause my body couldn't handle tour and Davis Cup. I needed more weeks to recover. But then when he became the captain and asked me, ‘Hey, can you come back and play against Chile?’ When we beat Chile, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to do this.

This is more fun than the regular events now.’ So it's because of him that I came back into the Davis Cup team."

Lindstedt retired at the Davis Cup Finals

Former doubles world No. 3 Lindstedt accepted Soderling's invite for the Davis Cup Finals and his successful career came to an end at the place where he wanted it to finish.

"I wanted to stop in 2020 with the Davis Cup, but then obviously it got canceled. For me, I felt like I wanted to end at the highest level of our sport. I'm not thinking that because I feel like I deserve to do that. It's just pure selfish feelings that I would feel good doing it, and I knew that I had the level in me to get picked for the team.

It's not called the World Group anymore, but to finish in top group, when I started in the World Group in Davis Cup, I just felt like this is a perfect poetic thing for me to hold onto and not feel like I have any regrets of quitting.

I actually thought I played pretty well over there. This was 100% doing it on my own terms and I'm really thankful for that," Lindstedt revealed.

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