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I just had to write to say I cannot believe Nadal is out of the French Open. Soderling played the best tennis of his life no doubt, but Nadal was not playing well at all. It was strange to see Nadal constantly on the defense and Soderling was serving phenomenally. A huge upset to say the least and I guess this pretty much paves the way for Federer to win the French.

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Comment by Kathryn Thibault on June 3, 2009 at 2:12pm
Monfils is going down right now as I write this; I don't think Soderling can pull off another win like he did against Nadal. Del Potro might be the only guy left to really beat. I disagree - I didn't see Nadal playing that well in the match against Soderling - I think the wind was really affecting his game and he just didn't compete the way he usually does. Soderling did take risks and he served really well; he managed to get the ball to bounce very high on his returns to Nadal who didn't handle that well.
Comment by Mark Oskar on June 2, 2009 at 3:21pm
It's Federer's to take simply based on his resume, but I think Monfils will pose problems, and what about Soderling or Del Potro? I love Del Potro, and think this could a defining moment here for the guy (win or lose).

Also, I agree with Soderling playing the game of his life...But I just don't see Nadal playing that bad. Why? Because Soderling simply never gave him a chance to play his game.

Another commercial article noted it - The blueprint to beat Nadal (on clay) has been published...Highly aggressive, high risk, short point tennis. As well, attack the 2nd serve of Nadal like it's going out of style. :)

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 2, 2009 at 12:47pm
Well it IS opening up a bit with Tsonga out, but who is there to compete? I think Monfils could give him trouble right away - and WATCH out for Soderling! The man is on a mission: NOT a fluke - takes out Ferrer, Nadal and a strong Davydenko.
Del Potro is playing good too. Even Roger gets tight - I'm not sure Soderling or Del Potro will because they have nothing to lose. Monfils has a lot of national pressure....
Comment by Kathryn Thibault on June 2, 2009 at 9:43am
I agree that Federer is not playing his best tennis at the moment - he really struggled yesterday in that match against Haas especially on the forehand side. However Fed is a champion and a fighter - I think he wants this tournament more than anybody. Who is left to really challenge him - Murray or Roddick? Nadal was really the only player standing in his way, and even while he is not at his best I would be very surprised if he doesn't win the French.
Comment by Raj Merchant on June 1, 2009 at 5:41pm
I fully agree with Mark, Fed still has a ton of pressure to deal with, and if he loses the first 2 sets against his next opponent, he might not be so lucky to break back.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 1, 2009 at 11:18am
Ahhhh, not so fast! I think Fed still has to player better than he has been playing to pull off the career slam. And soooooooooooo much pressure now too. He almost went out today against Haas! :-)

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