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« Reply #40 on: June 22, 2009, 07:41:35 AM »
Certainly plenty of threats on the grass.
I think Murray has to be considered one of them, but there are plenty of other dangerous players in the draw.
It will be fun to see who gets hot over the next couple of weeks.
Can Robin continue his excellent form?
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« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2009, 10:56:41 PM »
Certainly plenty of threats on the grass.
I think Murray has to be considered one of them, but there are plenty of other dangerous players in the draw.
It will be fun to see who gets hot over the next couple of weeks.
Can Robin continue his excellent form?

well, i wish he could, but he happens to be in the same quarter with roger federer. and obviously, it is roger i wanna go through. anyway, here's an article about him from the wimbledon site.

It was Andy Warhol who predicted, back in 1968, that: "In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes." He did not have tennis in mind, but the old boy was right.

For a few brief moments this month – admittedly a little long than quarter of an hour – Robin Soderling was a star. The Swede was the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and, from that fourth-round victory, he went all the way to the final. And then he lost. In straight sets. Played a chap called Federer who proved to be rather too good for him. His 15 minutes was over.

Now he has another shot at the fame game in SW19 after beating Gilles Muller in the first round 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. The 13th seed almost missed his chance, mind you, dropping the first set, but after he got his nose in front in the second, it was plain sailing.

Until this year, Soderling’s greatest claim to celebrity and notoriety was making the normally equable Nadal angry at the All England Club two years ago. As the rain sent both men back and forth between locker room and court, their match dragged on for days and everyone’s temper was beginning to fray. So when the Swede starting mimicking Nadal’s little tics and mannerisms, the Spaniard took umbrage. He also took the win in five sets but afterwards had a grumble about Mr Soderling’s manners.

“In the locker room, for the other players, [he] is not the best guy in the locker room,” Nadal said.

But those ill-mannered days appear to be behind Soderling now. He is being coached by compatriot Magnus Norman, the former French Open finalist and world No.2. Norman, one of nature’s quiet souls, appears to have brought the best from his charge.

Soderling admits happily that he used to have a foul temper. Playing games with his parents as a boy, he would fling the board and all the pieces to the floor if he was losing at anything from Monopoly to tiddly winks. These days, and thanks to Norman’s guidance, he keeps the anger under control and is able to channel it in order to bring the best out of his game.

Against Muller, the rasping forehand and cracking serve that had taken him so far in Paris were still very much in evidence. The only slight problem was that Muller had an equally ferocious serve and a nice line in returns, too. For almost two sets, there was barely a whisker between them but then Soderling edged ahead, took the second set and motored to the finish.

Still, he had better make the most of his moment in the sun – Soderling is in the same section of the draw as Roger Federer and could meet him in the fourth round if both men keep winning. To beat one Grand Slam champion in the fourth round of a major tournament is impressive. To beat two Grand Slam champions in the fourth rounds of consecutive major tournaments may be asking a bit too much.

 Court 1 - Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Round 
   Robin Soderling SWE (13)     6(4)  7  6  6   
 
 
   Gilles Muller LUX                 7(7)  5  1  2 
 

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« Reply #42 on: June 26, 2009, 09:22:49 PM »
robin's game looking good, but it's a pity he'll have to face federer in the 4th round. Go Robin, but then again, GO go go Roger! on to the 6th crown!!!!
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« Reply #43 on: June 28, 2009, 09:37:30 AM »
The Championships, Wimbledon

Robin Soderling Answers Your Questions From Wimbledon
London, England
by ATP Staff
 | 27.06.2009

Sweden’s Robin Soderling, who on Monday at Wimbledon will play Roger Federer in a rematch of this month’s Roland Garros final, answered questions from ATPWorldTour.com fans during a day off at The Championships Saturday.

You said at the French that no one beats you 11 times in a row. How do you feel about that statement today now that you’ll play Roger on Monday?
Zishan Siddiqui
(Laughing) We’ll see on Monday evening. If I can play well hopefully I will have a small chance.

My name is Bjorn, I meet you this year at the Heineken Open in Auckland, thanks for taking the time out for a photo (see above left). How have you seen the game change since you turned pro and how much do you think Federer has been a part of that?
Bjorn Pollock, 8 yrs, Queenstown, New Zealand
All the guys are stronger now and the biggest difference with the top guys is they move so much better. Stroke wise it’s the same. Roger, Rafa, Murray, Djokovic – they are all great movers.

You've played Nadal on clay. Now you must play Federer on his best surface, grass. What is the most difficult match and why?
It’s pretty similar. Roger for me is the best grass court player of all time and Rafa is the best clay court player of all time. I beat Rafa on clay, so that gives me a little confidence that I can beat Roger on grass.

What is your favourite thing about Wimbledon?
For me this is the best Grand Slam tournament. There is a lot of tradition. This is where I had my first good Grand Slam memories. I remember qualifying here at 19 and winning two rounds in the main draw. I beat Verkerk, who played the final of the French that year.

I like playing on grass. You only do it for a couple of weeks all year. I’m glad we don’t play on it the whole year… it’s very different to the other surfaces, but for a couple of weeks it’s a lot of fun.

Will you soon develop an official web site? Or join Facebook so that your fans can view news and videos about you all in one place?
I’ve been on Facebook but I quit. I am starting up an official web site, which will start working pretty soon.

What will you do this weekend after cruising into the second week of the tournament?
I will probably go into town and do a bit of shopping, but I’ll also get a lot of rest to be 100 percent for Monday.

Did you meet up with Bjorn Borg after the Roland Garros final?
No, not after the final but I have met him many times before back home in Sweden. He’s a nice guy and a legend. I wish I could play with him once. It would be very fun just to hit with him. He had stopped playing when I started, so my heroes growing up were Edberg, Wilander.

Not a question, but a thank you to you from Switzerland for being such a fair and friendly sportsman when playing Roger Federer at Roland Garros. We all appreciated your kind consideration when that person had invaded the court. Thank you very much for that, we think very highly of you.
Barbara and Jean-Daniel
Thank you. After the intruder left Roger and jumped the net I wasn’t thinking he was coming at me. I was just waiting for security to take him off the court. But it took quite a while. We were lucky nothing more serious happened.   

Did Magnus Norman have a special reward for you after your run to the Roland Garros final?
No reward. He said he’s been waiting for this, that I finally showed how good I could play. He also played in the French final, so he helped me a lot during those two weeks.

Who are, in your opinion, the funniest players?
Andjela, Belgrade, Serbia
Tsonga is a pretty funny guy.

Do you have an iPod? What music do you like to listen to?
Venla S, Helsinki, Finland
I have three or four iPods for different occasions. I like to listen to music before I go on court and I listen to every sort of music. When I’ve been away from Sweden for a long time I like to listen to Swedish music. There is a Swedish band called Kent, which I really like.

You’ve openly said you don’t care about making friends in the locker room, but there must be some players you are friends with?
All the Sweidsh guys, of course. There were more of us two or three years ago, but there are still enough guys for me to spend time with. Jarkko Nieminen also hangs around with us.

Tell me about the pampering you were given after Roland Garros, which included a ride home on a private jet?
The treatment was very nice and what happened was very big in Sweden. I did a lot of media. It’s great to get the profile of tennis back where it belongs. We’re a small country but we have such a big tennis tradition with so many good players.

What was the first thought that came to your mind immediately after winning the final point against Nadal? Was it your best ever day as a tennis pro?
Bhargav Hazarika, Jorhat (India)
I was just happy that the match ended; it was a long match. It took me a while to understand that I had won the match. I think I have played better matches, but it was my biggest win for sure.

What do you feel is the most significant change or addition made to your training routine over the last 6-8 months?
Jason Strong, Glenwood Landing, N.Y.
Nothing really. I have always trained the same way.  I always like to train hard and train a lot.  On the court I’ve worked a lot with Magnus on my movement and my volleys. We also worked on how to think and how to focus on court.

How can I train to have the serve that you have? It is awesome.
First, you need to practise your serve a lot. And go to the gym. Work your arms and upper body, your shoulders. Do a lot of explosive training if you want to serve harder.

Congratulations on your Roland Garros performance. You said during your off-season training you tried (Bikram) hot yoga. It is something I am thinking of starting. Just how much did your flexibility improve?
Vilim K, Zagreb, Croatia
I was pretty stiff after a long season so it helped me. It also helped me relax.

Did you ever hear the media call you an indoor specialist? Before your breakthrough in Paris why was your record indoors so much better than your record outdoors?
I grew up in Sweden playing on indoor courts; we could only play outdoors for three months of the year. I still think my best surface is indoor hard court, but after doing well on outdoor clay in Paris, I think I can play well on all surfaces.

Who is the most underrated player on tour?
Philipp Kohlschreiber. He’s a great player who is ranked around 30, but I think he’s even better than that.

Tell me a little about your girlfriend Jenni. Does she work or travel with you full time?
She travels with me half of the time. When she’s not with me she’s studying in Sweden.

Have you always played such an aggressive game, even back in the juniors?
When I was very young I played quite defensively. When I was 10 or 11 my coach told me I needed to play more offensively and it went from there.



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« Reply #44 on: June 28, 2009, 04:16:14 PM »
Soderling seems a down-to-earth type of guy. I like the fact that he is chums with Nieminen. Definitely, Kohli is talented.. Soderling's power game against Federer's all-court style; could provide some entertainment. I wish him success.
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« Reply #45 on: June 29, 2009, 12:27:37 AM »
Soderling seems a down-to-earth type of guy. I like the fact that he is chums with Nieminen. Definitely, Kohli is talented.. Soderling's power game against Federer's all-court style; could provide some entertainment. I wish him success.

i do too. it breaks my heart to see either of them leave the tournament this early, althought i won't have qualms of conscience about ending up cheering for roger tonight. damn, why do they have to meet this early in the draw?
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« Reply #46 on: June 29, 2009, 07:11:24 AM »
Soderling seems a down-to-earth type of guy. I like the fact that he is chums with Nieminen. Definitely, Kohli is talented.. Soderling's power game against Federer's all-court style; could provide some entertainment. I wish him success.

i do too. it breaks my heart to see either of them leave the tournament this early, althought i won't have qualms of conscience about ending up cheering for roger tonight. damn, why do they have to meet this early in the draw?
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It's a win/win or lose/lose situation depending on your perspective. :)

Would be nice to see Rob take down Rog and go on to the final of Wimby.  Would make a great story after his run at the French!

Or

If Rog wins, it should be a confidence builder (does he need it :confused1:) for the remainder of the tourney and a stepping stone for his potential 15th GS title.
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« Reply #47 on: June 29, 2009, 09:20:16 AM »
Robin has changed his game, actually he has become pretty dangerous. I guess his coach has given him some valuable tips and some pretty good strategy.

Though he lost to Roger today he showed some very good game at different times during the match.

He was showing some good game during the straight set loss to Rafa earlier in the year, I think that was 6-1, 6-0. But during that match he had some good tennis.

Attitude wise he seems to have let the bull behind, I hope so as he seems like a decent guy, especially after the RG ending ceremony.

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« Reply #48 on: June 29, 2009, 10:46:50 AM »
R Soderling - 29 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009

Q. Just near the end when you got the mini break up, he knocked back a forehand winner to you and you got a pretty big smile on your face. It seemed to suggest, That's all I have; you're too good. Would you say that summed it up?
ROBIN SODERLING: No. But, you know, I think I ‑‑ at 5‑4 I think I played a very good point. I hit a great forehand on the line and he came up with a winner. It's not much to do.

Apart from maybe the double‑fault, I don't think that I lost the last tiebreak, I think he won it.


Q. You've played him 11 times now and lost 11 times. Going into a match like that, do you think this might be your time?

ROBIN SODERLING: Thanks for reminding me, by the way.

Yeah, yeah, I think like every time I go on court against doesn't matter who I'm playing, I have to believe that I can win. I mean, I never want to go on court and think I'm gonna lose. That's not a good way of thinking, so I always believe in myself.


Q. Are you getting closer to him or not?

ROBIN SODERLING: I think so. You know, I think I played better today than I did the last couple times we played. So today wasn't ‑‑ I mean, I lost in straight sets, but I think deserved maybe a better ending ‑ a little bit at least.


Q. How are you feeling physically compared to the other day?

ROBIN SODERLING: I feel good. I feel much better. Getting better.


Q. Have you ever served so well and still lost a match?

ROBIN SODERLING: Of course, I think so, yeah. I served good today, but, you know, I served much better before.


Q. If you could pick a game you would like to play against him, with Federer, out of tennis, what would it be?

ROBIN SODERLING: I think I will beat him in marathon ‑ easy.


Q. Do you now think that Roger will go on to win Wimbledon?

ROBIN SODERLING: There's a lot of good players still in the tournament. It's going to be tough. But I think he's the biggest favorite.

If he plays well, I think he's gonna win. But, you know, he definitely need to play well every match.


Q. He only broke your serve once. Did that surprise you?

ROBIN SODERLING: No. I didn't expect to be broken many times. You know, I've only been broken I think twice during this tournament, maybe three times. So, you know, I've been serving very well since the first match.

That's what I always do. When I serve well, I always play well, as well.


Q. Why the marathon?

ROBIN SODERLING: I'm pretty good at marathon. I'm a strong guy. I think I'm stronger than him.


Q. Comparing to other matches against Federer, what do you think about his performance today?

ROBIN SODERLING: I think he played well, like always when we played. He's a great grass court player, and I think he's ‑‑ the faster surface he plays on, I think the more aggressive he plays.

So today it was really fast. He was tough. So I think he played very well today.


Q. Did you find him harder or easier to come up against than in France?

ROBIN SODERLING: Well, he played great both matches. But I think I played a little bit better today.
 

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« Reply #49 on: July 27, 2009, 09:28:23 AM »
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnp9VEb3Vbc[/youtube]
I just found this, Soderling is hilarious!! :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

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« Reply #50 on: July 27, 2009, 10:11:39 AM »
does anyone know if he (soderling) has a fansite like RF.com?
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« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2009, 10:18:37 AM »

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« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2009, 10:42:09 AM »
http://www.robinsoderling.com/
Maybe is this one?


thanks, but i was hoping for an interactive one with active fora. i think he mentioned it in an interview that his new fansite is under construction. maybe it's not yet finished...

but again, thanks... ;-()
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« Reply #53 on: August 28, 2009, 10:34:10 PM »
http://www.robinsoderling.com/
Maybe is this one?


thanks, but i was hoping for an interactive one with active fora. i think he mentioned it in an interview that his new fansite is under construction. maybe it's not yet finished...

but again, thanks... ;-()


Yes, Robin has an official web site that is in the works, but hasn't been released yet. There really isn't much out there right now. The Men's Tennis Forum doesn't even have a separate discussion area for him right now.

He twitters:

http://twitter.com/RSoderling

And so does his girlfriend, Jenni Mostrom:

http://twitter.com/jennimostrom

Funny hearing how she lost her luggage on a 20 hour flight from Sweden to Mason, Ohio (Cincy Masters), and once Robin lost the nail biter to Hewitt, they went to Kings Island and enjoyed the roller coasters...
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« Reply #54 on: August 30, 2009, 11:32:06 PM »
http://www.robinsoderling.com/
Maybe is this one?


thanks, but i was hoping for an interactive one with active fora. i think he mentioned it in an interview that his new fansite is under construction. maybe it's not yet finished...

but again, thanks... ;-()


oh thanks a lot. i'll look the twitters up. i saw the us open draw. why does he always have to be in the same bracket with federer?  :mad1:

but that's all right... i have very high hopes for both of them...

Yes, Robin has an official web site that is in the works, but hasn't been released yet. There really isn't much out there right now. The Men's Tennis Forum doesn't even have a separate discussion area for him right now.

He twitters:

http://twitter.com/RSoderling

And so does his girlfriend, Jenni Mostrom:

http://twitter.com/jennimostrom

Funny hearing how she lost her luggage on a 20 hour flight from Sweden to Mason, Ohio (Cincy Masters), and once Robin lost the nail biter to Hewitt, they went to Kings Island and enjoyed the roller coasters...
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« Reply #55 on: August 31, 2009, 06:44:58 PM »
http://www.robinsoderling.com/
Maybe is this one?


thanks, but i was hoping for an interactive one with active fora. i think he mentioned it in an interview that his new fansite is under construction. maybe it's not yet finished...

but again, thanks... ;-()


oh thanks a lot. i'll look the twitters up. i saw the us open draw. why does he always have to be in the same bracket with federer?  :mad1:

but that's all right... i have very high hopes for both of them...

Yes, Robin has an official web site that is in the works, but hasn't been released yet. There really isn't much out there right now. The Men's Tennis Forum doesn't even have a separate discussion area for him right now.

He twitters:

http://twitter.com/RSoderling

And so does his girlfriend, Jenni Mostrom:

http://twitter.com/jennimostrom

Funny hearing how she lost her luggage on a 20 hour flight from Sweden to Mason, Ohio (Cincy Masters), and once Robin lost the nail biter to Hewitt, they went to Kings Island and enjoyed the roller coasters...



I'm so happy he won today. Read the tweets from Robin and Jenni today.  :))  Jenni Mostrom is extremely beautiful and if you go through her tweets you will get a ton of photos of her and Robin almost as a diary of what being a girlfriend to a Professional Tennis Star is like. It's really pretty cool, because Robin is not big enough to be better than that, and they still live pretty normal lives, but the sprouts of success are starting to really show and they are adapting to it as it goes. It's very interesting to follow..
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« Reply #56 on: August 31, 2009, 09:37:48 PM »
yes, i'm so happy too. i joined robin's follow, but not jeni's yet... but i wonder, is there an interactive forum there? like you know, posting with other fans like the one we have here?
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« Reply #57 on: August 31, 2009, 10:09:17 PM »
yes, i'm so happy too. i joined robin's follow, but not jeni's yet... but i wonder, is there an interactive forum there? like you know, posting with other fans like the one we have here?
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Well, he is so under radar and possibly despised (I'm not really sure), that he has less than almost any player in the Top 20. I think it has to do with the so called "grudge" with Rafa because of the Wimbledon 2007 incident and the win at the FO, but I think fans are projecting these things at this point. It would really help his PR if he and Rafa played doubles somewhere, sometime, just to show they are not enemies. He is not unpopular with other players, as has been another myth floated out there. I guess I've read Berdych is the least popular player with other players and Robin didn't even make the list. He is quiet and doesn't attend the player parties, but he doesn't deal with any of the ATP locker room politics and has never really engaged with the tennis cliques negatively or positively...he just stays out of it and keeps his own space.

The best (and only, to my knowledge) place to talk to other Soderling fans is the Men's Tennis Forum under "Sweden". But he gets so little respect, that he doesn't even get a Forum like other players. He just has a thread. You would think at this point he would've earned more than that. But it's the biggest thread I've seen and people have voted for him to get his own Forum. Anyway, it's fun to be one of the first on the bandwagon. I've read enough about him and seen enough to know he is a great guy and all this negativity based on him retaliating against Rafa with the shorts tug in 2007 is just completely blown out of proportion. Hopefully, some day he will be forgiven by most people.
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« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2009, 09:49:57 PM »
 :)) :)) :ZZZZZ) :ZZZZZ) :ice cream: :cloud 9: :cheer: :rasta: :harp: :Fool:

Well, what can one say about a match like this one? Robin's second round match lasted 16 minutes and ended with Robin leading 2-0, 40-0. Granola fell awkwardly attempting to reach a crazily angled and powerful forehand winner, as he went on to be broken in his first service game. Granola has already lost twice to Robin this year (last match was at Wimbledon, 2nd round again), and Robin has dominated their match-ups, so having a back injury on top of all that probably seemed to make continuing futile. Robin looked pretty decent for the short duration of the match, as he won just about every point I think.

Robin will be well rested for Sam Querrey in the 3rd Round on Saturday. The big question is has Sam played too much (played in semi-final and final of Pilot Penn last Saturday due to rain canceled matches) or has Robin played too little (he may not be in match shape)? I tend to think Sam might be vulnerable to fatigue, and Robin has a huge mental edge with the H2H, the last victory in late May at the ARAG Team Cup, with Robin taking it easily 6-2, 6-2.
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Re: THE ROBIN SODERLING THREAD.... anything about him!
« Reply #59 on: September 04, 2009, 02:39:11 AM »
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Well, what can one say about a match like this one? Robin's second round match lasted 16 minutes and ended with Robin leading 2-0, 40-0. Granola fell awkwardly attempting to reach a crazily angled and powerful forehand winner, as he went on to be broken in his first service game. Granola has already lost twice to Robin this year (last match was at Wimbledon, 2nd round again), and Robin has dominated their match-ups, so having a back injury on top of all that probably seemed to make continuing futile. Robin looked pretty decent for the short duration of the match, as he won just about every point I think.

Robin will be well rested for Sam Querrey in the 3rd Round on Saturday. The big question is has Sam played too much (played in semi-final and final of Pilot Penn last Saturday due to rain canceled matches) or has Robin played too little (he may not be in match shape)? I tend to think Sam might be vulnerable to fatigue, and Robin has a huge mental edge with the H2H, the last victory in late May at the ARAG Team Cup, with Robin taking it easily 6-2, 6-2.

oh thank you. i may be mean but i was kinda happy when i saw he's on to the third round... now i feel guilty... so sorry for Garnola..

i'm a bit worried about the match with querrey. it's an american crowd! but i hope his experience at the roland garros final will be able to help him deal with the situation.

i'd really like to know more about soderling. i'll be looking his name up in every forum available.

thanks again! it's nice not to feel alone... although i'm sure, there are still lots of soderling fans out there...
 :) prodigal
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