Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nadal Loses For First Time At Roland Garros


Sweden's Robin Soderling, seeded 23rd in French Open, walks away with biggest upset in tournament as he knocks out top-seeded Rafael Nadal in four-set round of 16 matchup, handing Nadal his first loss ever in Paris. (Photo courtesy of London Times Online)

The king is dead, long live the king. At least for another year.

Rafael Nadal, who had won his first 31 matches on the clay of Roland Garros, is undefeated no more; falling in the round of 16 to 23rd seed Robin Soderling this morning at the French Open. Soderling defeated Nadal 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 to advance to the quarterfinals.

With Nadal out of the running for an unprecedented fifth straight French Open title, the door is now wide open for Roger Federer to tie Pete Sampras' record of 14 career Grand Slam titles. Other winners today included No. 3 seed Andy Murray and 12th seed Fernando Gonzalez, who will play one another in the quarters.

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