Nadal beats Soderling to claim Fifth French Open Title

Rafael Nadal beats Robin Soderling in straight sets by 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to claim the French Open 2010 and become only the second man in open era after the great Bjorn Borg to take five titles at Roland Garros.

The Swedish player was a no match to Spaniard who never seem to lose any energy and looked as if he has come to win and win it fast. Soderling didn’t show enough control or power which is his trademark and the game was drifting away from him from the first set only. Nadal broke him once in the first set to take the set home 6-4.

Soderling lost seven opportunities in the second set to break Nadal’s serve but couldn’t capitalise a single one. Whereas nadal again broke him twice in the second set with some great forehands and drop shots.

The third set started with Soderling unable to hold Nadal for long and lost his serve to him in the first game itself. Later on he returned with some good display of strokes but ended up losing the match 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Though there were some great rallies and good winners from Soderling but that was not enough! Nadal never looked to let him ease past and made sure he has to struggle for each point. Nadal beat him at his own game. If Soderling played a drop shot, Nadal returned that with the same and made sure that shot is out or his reach.

Producing winners and firing more aces than Soderling made Nadal’s win comfortable. Nadal ran for every single ball, at times returning five times defensively, striving each time and looking as if the game is gone, only to attack the sixth time and take the point home.

Soderling never seemed to be trying to win as he netted too much and returned too wide. At crucial moments he failed to take advantage and let Nadal take control. He couldn’t hold on to the break points and did too many unforced errors.

Nadal takes the title home after biting it as he does to each title he wins and Soderling has to be content with the runners-up plate once again for the second time. He congratulated Nadal and wished him more wins if he keeps playing the same way. Nadal reciprocated and wished him luck for other tournaments.


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