Soderling on his enemy Rafael Nadal!


Soderling on his enemy Rafael Nadal!

In very amazing interview of some minths ago, Robin Soderling revealed that in the past he often thought of suicide. Instead in a recent interview, Robin Soderling explained his unorthodox tactics against Rafael Nadal at the 2009 French Open fourth round.

Soderling said about that match: “At the 2009 Roland Garros, I became the first player to beat Rafael Nadal on the clay-courts of the Philippe Chatriere Stadium. I went into the match with absolutely nothing to lose and everything to win.

I didn't know how to play with topspin anyway, so I just played even flatter. I didn't care if I missed. I knew I wouldn’t win if I didn’t take my chances and that day it worked out really well. I was playing so freely.

That was an amazing feeling. To those who dedicate themselves to sport and their entire environment, I tell them to train hard and take it very easy. From here I tell them to play sports because they feel comfortable doing it and not because of pressure.

It's time to address mental illness among professional athletes, and this time actually do something about it. Data shows that up to one in three elite athletes suffer from mental health issues which can manifest as stress, eating disorders, burnout, depression and anxiety.

We need to start discussing it and making sure that the next generation of athletes will come better prepared than myself."

Rafael Nadal will not play the US Open 2020

We thought that canceling the Mutua Madrid Open could change his mind.

Or that the presence on the preliminary Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000 Entry List could have said something, but not, Rafael Nadal, in the end, made the most obvious decision: he will not play the US Open 2020. The defending champion decided to renounce to the Us Open and dedicate himself to the clay court season (with the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and obviously with the Parisian Slam) without forcing the come back on hard-courts.

He will be a luxury absent in New York, along with the number two of the world Roger Federer, whose cause surgery on his right knee will presumably come back to Australian Open next year, and with Gael Monfils to close this particular circle.

The US Open entry list therefore includes Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin, like the mainly stars of the event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The first alternate is Andy Murray, champion of the tournament in two thousand and twelve, who obviously should have no problems entering. The Briton was also awarded a wild card by the organizers of the Western & Southern Open of Cincinnati, this year at Flushing Meadows. In the women's Entry List there are all the Top 10 except for the number one in the world Ashleigh Barty.