There are two feelings going through my mind when discussing Robin Söderlings great success so far in the finals, everybody knows he won in straight sets versus Rafael Nadal. The first feeling is tells me that it is great to see a swedish tennisplayer that has achieved such success!
A dedicated player with all the shots needed to play on such a high level. The other feeling does not really like Robin. And I am not only talking about his personality, everyone is different, some are obviously more of the gentlemen type, such as Federer, Nadal, etc.
Robin Söderling is none of that, and he admits that he only cares about playing his tennis, the best he can, he only wants to focus on winning, nothing else is important for him. Nothing wrong with that.
Then what is the problem with Robin? Well first of all, my stomach always hurts throughout the match when Robin is playing and I feel very stressed when I am cheering on him. Nothing about his movement looks fluid to me, most of his shots look forced, that he does whatever he can to make it happen, but you can never be sure if the forehand is going to land inside of the baseline or 3 meters out. Because of the fact that he always plays his best tennis when he feels that he is going for every shot, there is a big room for lots of unforced errors. It just is not a fluid game that he plays and I don't particularly enjoy his game. Secondly, I don't like the attitude he has, I don't like the fact that he a few years back lied to Bjorkman about being injured when they were going to play a doubles match together and canceled that one, only to join another singles tournament just a few days later. It just does not seem that he cares about others on the tour. I can not accept a player with that sort of a point of view. Which is why, I one some subconscience level cheered for Rafael Nadal. There, I said it. (:
About Fernando Verdasco, I think it SUCKS that he has not been able to take his chances when they have come to him. He should have beat Del Potro, he really could and should have, the same goes for Roger Federer. We all know that he can beat anyone when he is playing his best but he just quits when it is not going well, he did it in the last set against Rog a few days ago, and he did it against Del Potro in the third set tiebreak. It is childish and stupid and I hope he takes a lesson from someone like Nadal who plays any point like it was a matchpoint.
Honestly, I think all the player appear to be very shaky. I have never seen these guys so nervous as they are at this years finals, lots of double faults, unforced errors, it does not feel that anyone can play a relaxed game, nobody is playing at their best and most of the matches go to three sets. All the hype on the World Tour Finals and the expectations from everyone seems to have gotten to this bunch consisting of the worlds top players and it is pretty fun to watch them out there, stressed as hell! I must say I find it enjoyable to see who can cope with the pressure and who can not. So far I think Roger and Djokovic has dealt with it better than anyone else, perhaps too early to say anything about Robin who has only played one match so far but time will tell..