Showing posts with label Robin Soderling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robin Soderling. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wimbledon: Soderling beats Hewitt in 5 sets

Wimbledon: Soderling beats Hewitt in 5 sets

Robin Soderling defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-7 (5), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon 2011 tennis championships.

Soderling was in deep trouble as Hewitt took the first two sets. The Australian pulled off a spectacular diving backhand passing shot to break for 5-3 in the second set and had no problems to seal the set in the following game.

It look like Soderling was going out in straight sets until he conjured a break out of the blue to take the third.

He found the range on his booming serve as Hewitt began to tire and started making more unforced errors.

Soderling broke to take the 4th set and the match headed into a decider.

Hewitt broke Soderling’s serve to lead 2-1 but the Swede broke back and the former Wimbledon champion soon found himself serving at 4-5 down.

Soderling upped his game and set up three match points, the first of which he converted when Hewitt lamely netted a forehand.

“I knew if I could raise my game after the first two sets I had a good chance,” Soderling said.

“It was nice to see him (Hewitt) injury-free and it was the best match we have ever played. He is a great fighter and he is playing better than for a while.”




Friday, June 17, 2011

Murray, Soderling, Monfils to play PTT Thailand Open 2011

Murray, Soderling, Monfils to play PTT Thailand Open 2011

Andy Murray, Robin Soderling and Gael Monfils, will be playing at the PTT Thailand Open 2011 in September.

The ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament will be held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from 24 September to 2 October.

"We are looking forward to an amazing tournament at the PTT Thailand Open 2011," said Executive Committee Chairman, Mr. Suwat Lipatapanlop. "We will be announcing more exciting players to compete in the event in the near future. I am confident that this year's tournament will be the biggest and best ever."

Murray will be making his third appearance in Bangkok and his first since 2006. He has won 17 ATP World Tour titles.

Soderling last appeared at the PTT Thailand Open in 2008.




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Soderling to skip Davis Cup vs Serbia

Soderling to skip Davis Cup vs Serbia

Robin Soderling won’t compete in the Davis Cup quarterfinal between Sweden and Serbia.

Soderling says he needs to opt out of one event in his busy schedule to avoid injuries.

He commented that the “intensive match schedule, my sore foot and the overall physical and mental effort makes it impossible to participate.”

Sweden’s Davis Cup Captain Thomas Enqvist said he regrets Soderling’s decision, noting it lessens the chance of a win against Serbia.

Sweden meets Serbia in Halmstad on July 8-10.





Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Robin Soderling French Open Interview - June 1st 2011 - Quarterfinals

Robin Soderling French Open Interview - June 1st 2011 - Quarterfinals

R. NADAL/R. Soderling 6‑4, 6‑1, 7‑6


Q. Today it was windy out there. Was it a key factor? You couldn't serve so well as you expected or Nadal moved, or a little...
ROBIN SODERLING: Um, yeah, of course it's always difficult to play when it's windy, but it's the same for both players.
As you said, you know, it was ‑‑ in the beginning it was tough to serve really well. I think first two sets was pretty windy, and then it got a little bit easier, a little bit calmer in the third set.
But overall, it was a little bit difficult today.

Q. Did you feel a big difference in your game in the third set? Did you feel you could come back in the third?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, well, at least I tried, you know. I'm really happy the way I finished the match. Of course, you know, I had a few break points at 5‑All. Maybe I could have won the third set.
But it's best of five. It's still a long way to go. At least that's a start. Then he played a really good tiebreak.

Q. In the past days, Nadal was saying that he was not playing too well. How did you find him today? Do you think he was playing at his best, more or less, or did you expect him worse or not?
ROBIN SODERLING: I think to play against the world No. 1 you never expect anyone to play bad. I mean, it would be pretty stupid. I think, you know, about his game, I think it's better you ask him, because it's tough for me to say.
To me he played a good match, you know. As usual, he didn't miss much, and I think he served pretty well also during the conditions, which were not easy.
So I think ‑‑ I think he should be pretty happy with his match.

Q. When we think about the match where you beat Nadal here two years ago and then the two other matches you lost, the final and today, like when you look back at them, what was the difference in the first one that made you win? Or was it that he was not waiting, this kind of fast groundstroke game from you? What made the difference that made that you lost the last two and won the first one? How do you analyze it?
ROBIN SODERLING: Well, every match is always a new one. It's always different.
But of course the match here in 2009 where I won I played really well. As you said, I served well.
I just had a little bit of a better day than today, of course. You know, I took my chances. I really did in that match, which I didn't do today, especially ‑‑ well, I only had some chances in the third set.
But, you know, to win a match like this you have to take your chances.

Q. You mentioned Rafa's serve. How surprised were you to see him going for the wide serve on those break points you had at 5‑All, and then once in the tiebreaker when he was going to your backhand all the time?
ROBIN SODERLING: Well, I think this is the serve he goes to all the time when he's under pressure.
So I was not very surprised. But he did it well. It was not easy to serve today. But I think he served well. He had a high first percentage, so he made it difficult for me.

Q. You mentioned that you had problems with your serve, especially because of the wind in the beginning of the match. But did you feel you also had a problem with backhand or forehand? Was the serve the main problem?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, to win a match like this I need to serve better than I did today. Of course. And obviously play better, as well.
But I think, you know, I'm feeling pretty good. This wasn't a great match, but it's still not bad, you know. I said before I'm really happy with the way I played in the third set. I came back.
You know, I lost the first two, and the second one was not good at all. And then, you know, I come back, I really gave it a fight, and I was even close to winning the third set.

Q. I don't even know if you know this, but two days ago Rafa said he didn't feel confident that he could win the tournament; he didn't feel good about his level. First of all, were you aware of those comments going into this match, or no?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, you guys told me.

Q. So my question is: When you hear that, do you think, Oh, he's vulnerable, or do you think he's even more dangerous and I'm not going to listen to this at all?
ROBIN SODERLING: No, I don't care at all. Nothing.


Nadal into Roland Garros Semis after win over Soderling

Nadal into Roland Garros Semis after win over Soderling

Rafael Nadal made it past Robin Soderling with a 64 61 76 win and reached the semis at Roland Garros.

Nadal will next face Andy Murray, who beat Juan Ignacio Chela in 3 sets.

Rafa broke Soderling six times and won the first two sets in 81 minutes.
He had an early break, but Soderling broken back and had three break point opportunities at 5-5, but did not convert.Nadal sealed the match in a confident tie-break.

“I said two days ago I am not playing good enough to win Roland Garros. We will see in two days. That’s what I said. And today I played better. Much better, in my opinion,” Nadal said.

“I had the feeling I was really covering the court much better and I was able to run a lot better than recent matches.”

“Six semi-finals here in Roland Garros. Easy to say; very difficult to do,” said Nadal. “Seriously, for me is fantastic news, fantastic result, especially without playing my best during all the tournament. Today I played well… Today I was ready to beat the No. 5 of the world and two times finalist in this tournament.”

“What satisfied me most without any possible doubt was the improvement in my game,” he said. “Today was my best match, I believe. My highest level in the tournament. I think I improved every day.

“I was able to today find solutions that I didn't think I was able to find. So I'm very happy that I was able to find those solutions today, and I was happy because I was very focused during the whole match.”

The defending champion was back to his dominant self in all areas against Soderling.

“It’s always difficult to play when it is windy but it’s the same for both players,” Soderling said. “At least I tried. I’m really happy with the way I finished the match. He played a good match as usual, he didn’t miss much.”

“The match here in 2009 where I won I played really well; I served well,” said Soderling. “I just had a little bit of a better day than today, of course. I took my chances. I really did in that match, which I didn't do today. I only had some chances in the third set. To win a match like this you have to take your chances.”


Source ATP

Videos: Roland Garros Day 11 Interviews with Soderling and Chela

Videos: Roland Garros Day 11 Interviews with Soderling and Chela

Robin Soderling and Juan Ignacio Chela talk about their quarterfinal losses on day 11 at Roland Garros...




Thursday, May 26, 2011

Videos: French Open Day 5 Interview - Soderling, Verdasco and Fish

Videos: French Open Day 5 Interview - Soderling, Verdasco and Fish

Robin Soderling, Mardy Fish and Fernando Verdasco talk to the media about their second round wins at the 2011 French Open....








Roland Garros: Soderlin and Fish Win, Querrey loses at French Open 2nd round

Roland Garros: Soderlin and Fish Win, Querrey loses at French Open 2nd round

2010 French Open finalist Robin Soderling beat Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the third round at Roland Garros.

Soderling dropped serve only once despite strong gusts of wind and had seven double-faults.

He will next play the winner of the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Leonardo Mayer.

Mardy Fish was another winner on day 5 in Paris. The American defeated Robin Haas 7-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Fish, who is seeded 10th at Rolland Gaors, is the only U.S. man in the third round.

Mardy saved the only break point he faced, while accumulating 17 break points against Haas and converting five.

Sam Querrey didn'y enjoy the same luck as his countryman as he lost to Ivan Ljubicic 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.

Querrey arrived at Roland Garros this year with an 0-4 record in the Grand Slam tournament, but won his first-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Ljubicic hit four of his 11 aces in the first-set tiebreaker.




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Videos: HEAD Interview featuring Robin Soderling

HEAD YouTek TV Facebook Tour Interview featuring Robin Soderling

If you had the chance, what would you like to ask Swedish HEAD racquet rebel Robin Soderling? HEAD Tennis asked this question to its Facebook friends, and now Robin personally answered their questions before his first match at the French Open.

Check out now which questions he chose to answer!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Enjoy some tennis pictures from the men's singles round one match between Robin Soderling and Ryan Harrison on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros...

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round

Photos: Soderling v Harrison at French Open 2011 1st Round






(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AP)

Videos: Roland Garros Tuesday Interviews - Almagro, Querrey and Soderling

Videos: Roland Garros Tuesday Interviews - Almagro, Querrey and Soderling

Sam Querrey and Robin Soderling enjoyed first round wins at the 2011 French Open on day 3 at Roland Garros while Nicolas Almagro was left empty handed after losing his match... Check out their interviews from Paris...






Soderling and Querrey move into 2nd round at French Open 2011

Soderling and Querrey move into 2nd round at French Open 2011

Robin Soderling scored a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over Ryan Harrison in the first round of the French Open.

Soderling was initially set to play Benjamin Becker but the German player withdrew from the tournament because of an elbow injury and was replaced by Harrison.

Soderling struggled with his second serve and had 20 unforced errors in the second set. He made the decisive break in the 11th game of the fourth when Harrison sent a forehand long.

Sam Querrey beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Querrey entered this year’s tournament with an 0-4 career record at Roland Garros.

Querrey’s best showing at any Grand Slam tournament were fourth-round appearances at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Source Yahoo Sports

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Video: Robin Soderling ATP World Tour Uncovered

Video: Robin Soderling ATP World Tour Uncovered

In season 3, episode 19, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles Swedish powerhitter Robin Soderling.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Videos: Rome 2011 Thursday Interviews - Gasquet, Soderling and Murray

Videos: Rome 2011 Thursday Interviews - Gasquet, Soderling and Murray

Robin Soderling, Richard Gasquet and Andy Murray talk their tennis matches on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.









Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Videos: Rome 2011 Tuesday Highlights and Interviews with Soderling and Berdych

Videos: Rome 2011 Tuesday Highlights and Interviews with Soderling and Berdych

Watch highlights from Tuesday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, featuring Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka in action.... Plus, Robin Soderling and Andy Murray were both tested in their opening matches ...

Also, Berdych talks about confidence following his opening match against Juan Monaco and Soderling analyses a tough opening match after facing down three match points to defeat Fernando Verdasco.










Friday, May 6, 2011

Federer vs Soderling at Madrid Open quarterfinal

Federer vs Soderling at Madrid Open quarterfinal

Roger Federer enjoyed a6-4, 6-3 win over Xavier Malisse in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open and will face Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals..

"I thought mentally it was fine, it was more physical, just a quick turnaround," said Federer. "[I] had a quick dinner and go to bed, treatment and stuff stretch again, eat again and go out on the courts, not much in between.

"[I was] just ready to play a different type of game, right handed during the day so mentally you have to shift a little bit so my expectations weren't extremely high I just wanted to put in a good performance and try to play a good match which I was able to do so I'm very happy with today's performance."

Robin Soderling set up a quarter-final meeting with Roger Federer, after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(8), 7-5.

Both players won over 75 per cent of their first serve points, but Soderling managed to convert the only break of serve late in the second set, and served out the match to clinch the victory.


Source AP/Yahoo/Reuters/ATP

Videos: Madrid Open Thursday Interviews: Soderling, Ferrer and Bellucci

Videos: Madrid Open Thursday Interviews: Soderling, Ferrer and Bellucci

Robin Soderling, Thomaz Bellucci and David Ferrer where among the winners at the Madrid Open on Thursday and they talk about their matches in the following video interviews....










Friday, April 29, 2011

Del Potro upset Soderling in Estoril

Del Potro upset Soderling in Estoril

Juan Martin del Potro defeated Robin Soderling 6-2, 7-5 to reach the semifinals at the 2011 Estoril Open.

The former US Open champion will next face Pablo Cuevas, who beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2.

del Potro saved all four break points and hit four aces in the first set.

In the second set Soderling raised his game and went a break up but when Del Potro was serving at 1-4, 15/30 play was suspended because of torrential rain.

Juan Martin made won six of seven games when play resumed to claim the win in just under two hours.

"I had to really focus, with the rain delay," said del Potro. "I am very happy as I took my opportunities in the second set on return to the court.

"My wrist is almost fine. It is getting better, but when the weather is really humid I can feel something. That is normal the doctors say. I am getting better, quicker than I thought."

Soderling said, "I had good momentum before the rain, I was playing better. I don't think I played much worse after the rain, but he raised his level. The court was slower after the rain, but it wasn't a big difference."


Source ATP/Yahoo



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Soderling vs Del Potro at Estoril Open quarterfinals

Soderling vs Del Potro at Estoril Open quarterfinals

Robin Soderling defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 in the second round at the Estoril Open 2011.

Soderling will next play against Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Alejandro Falla 6-2, 6-1.

Soderling won four straight games in the opening set after breaking twice.

The second set was another story as they broke each other three times apiece and the Frenchman won it in the tie breaker.

A dispute with the umpire over a call in the second game of the third set appeared to unsettle Chardy, allowing Soderling to rack up 13 straight points.

Del Potro lead Soderling 3-1 in their head to head record. The pair met last month at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami.



Source Yahoo/AP
Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira /AFP/Getty Images

Video: Tsonga and Soderling - Estoril Open 2011 Feature

Video: Tsonga and Soderling - Estoril Open 2011 Feature

The Portuguese Navy invited Ho-Wilfriend Tsonga and Robin Soderling abord the sailing ship Sagres, where they played a tennis exhibition, in Lisbon's Navy port in Alfeite...