Tuesday Tennis

Where do I even start? First Novak Djokovic goes down to Phillipp Kohlschreiber. Then Rafael Nadal, the king of clay, goes down to Robin Soderling? Who, if anyone, in the world picked this?

It’s amazing because we really haven’t seen major upsets of this magnitude in years, and it just feels so weird to see a draw with Federer as the only man left who has won a major. Both Djokovic and Nadal were moping around while they went crashing out. The Djoker pretty much just gave up all hope, while Nadal seemed to be in pain mentally and physically. I’m wondering if Nadal was just ready to lose for the first time, especially considering his post match interview when he said his preparation is for his pool in his backyard. What the heck? Isn’t this the guy who was seemingly impossible to beat just a few weeks ago? Weird…

You know what else is weird? Robin Soderling followed up his dethroning of Nadal by hammering Nikolay Davydenko 6-1,6-3,6-1. Soderling was always a guy with great potential and fierce ground strokes, but never has he reached it completely, and, more importantly, maintained it after a big win – maybe the biggest upset of all time. Is Soderling the man of destiny?

Or is Mr. Federer, who lost the first two sets to Tommy Haas, a man he’s thoroughly dominated throughout his career. A man who’s intimidated by Federer so much, he pulled out of a match with him in Wimbledon and Indian Wells – two hardly meaningless events. After Fed came back, he said he felt like Roger Federer for the first time in a while. If that’s true, will he take Roland Garros, complete the career slam, and tie Pete Sampras with 14 slams? We’ll find out in just five days.


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