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Söderling down and out Down Under

TT/AFP/The Local · 19 Jan 2010, 08:53

Published: 19 Jan 2010 08:53 GMT+01:00

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He lost his opening round match to Spain's Marcel Granollers in five sets, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

After a hard.fought win in the first set, Söderling then breezed through the second set 6-2, setting up what looked to be an easy victory against the 113th ranked Spaniard.

But Granollers then rallied, taking the next two sets to force a fifth and decisive set.

After falling behind 0-2 in the final set, Söderling took back a game.

But after taking an extended break before the players switched sides to start game four, Granollers took an extended break to put ice on an aggravated thigh muscle.

The previously unheralded Spaniard returned to the court with a renewed spark, successfully breaking Söderling’s serve twice, leaving the Swede struggling to get back in the match.

Söderling made 67 unforced errors and was scathing in his assessment of his performance.

"No, I started terrible and finished terrible," he said bluntly when it was suggested things were going well early in the match.

"I played a horrible match today and I am terribly disappointed.

"I didn't feel good at all and I didn't play well."

Although the fragile Swede, who has won four ATP titles, pulled out of the AAMI Classic last week because of elbow tendonitis, he said he was 100 percent fit and that the loss had nothing to do with any injury.

Söderling said his frustration had nothing to do with his good form in 2009.

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"I would have been annoyed even if I didn't play well last year," he said.

It was the third Grand Slam in a row where Söderling had faced Granollers, who is something of a doubles specialist, but the Spaniard's first ever win over the Swede.

Söderling played the 23-year-old three times last year, including the US Open and Wimbledon, winning all three matches convincingly and dropping just one set to Granollers in those matches.

Tuesday's loss continues a tough start to the year for last year's French Open finalist, having lost in the first round in Chennai and now here.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:07 January 19, 2010 by geronimoIII


IF you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you.

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise…

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;

If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build them up with worn-out tool

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them…Hold on!

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings- nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.

And- which is more-you will be a Man, my son!

by Rudyard Kipling
11:54 January 19, 2010 by Buccaneer

Save yourself the trouble Söderling is plain incompetent. He should get a job or focus on other stuff, cos this is obviously not for him.
12:11 January 19, 2010 by geronimoIII
It was no trouble Buccaneer...just a little cut and paste, you see. Every great champion goes through a process which is what this poem is about. I am not implying that Robin is a great champion...but I certainly wish him the best. Since he is in the top ten in the world...this does not imply that he is incompetent, either. Besides, this poem could go out to you as well. Good Luck!

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those to imposters just the same

These two lines are overhead as you enter the gates of...Wimbledon.
08:54 January 20, 2010 by ooh456

You make a bad troll. Soderling is the number one ranked Swede and ranked in the top 10 of the world man! Everyone has a bad day, even you. Why not do a little research before expressing your uneducated spammy self?
03:52 January 21, 2010 by Buccaneer

Another num skull trying to defend a fellow loser. I have more brains in my thumb than you would ever have in your thick skull. Where he stands in the rating means little or nothing. Performance and result is everything.
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