Last Federer match I watched was when he crumbled into a tired, sobbing, inconsolable mess after Rafael Nadal unseated him as the perennial #1 of Tennis by beating him at the Australian Open. I thought I would be watching the two here this morning as Nadal was undefeated in the last 31 matches at the French Open. Federer had finally beaten Nadal, in the Madrid Open for the 1st time in two years, I figured he was tweaking his game for the French. He has scrapped to the championship match by coming from behind 6 times during this tournament.
Today, a Swede named Robin Soderling and ranked 23 with a powerful forehand rises for the 1st time past the 3rd round. He hammered past the world’s #1, Nadal and made good on the upset to get to the final. Federer is now playing for his 14th grand slam win and to tie that record set by one of my favorite players, Pete Sampras.
Soderling seems to be keen on faulting today. Let’s see if he settles in.