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Whenever the list of the biggest upsets created in the history of the lawn tennis is made, the fourth round match between Robin Soderling and Richard Gasquet in the 2009 French Open would come in top 5. It’s a match which a keen follower of tennis would perhaps never forget in his life. Rafael Nadal had actually got defeated in that match. Yes, you read that right. Nadal got defeated at Roland Garros and the man to do that was a young man from the United States of America who all of a sudden became the most threatening player in the world after that day.
Although Soderling didn’t win that edition of the French Open but, in the next Grand Slam that he took part in, he was one of the hot favourites to lift the trophy. The support that he got in his first match that he played at Flushing Meadows that year was enormous and it was a sign that he had become the new superstar of the tennis world. But, as they say, nothing changes quicker than the fortunes. The same happened with Soderling. His fortunes took a complete U-turn.
During the middle of that US Open, Soderling was hit by a unique kind of illness because of which he had to get himself aside from the tournament. And most of the people would not believe, but, since then, he has not featured even once in the professional arena. Yes, not even once. It’s been 3 years now and he is still not fit enough to compete.
It’s hugely disappointing that a player of such calibre who could have made this modern era of tennis so much more competitive has to remain away from the game because of illness. It’s heartbreaking for the fans.
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Jelena Jankovic will be locking horns with Madison Keys of USA tomorrow in the opening round of the AEGON International Tennis Tournament.
Jankovic is one of those players who are not comfortable playing on grass at all. Her overall record on the green surfaces is quite ordinary.
In her 14-year long professional career so far, the Serbian has not entered the Round of 8 in the Wimbledon Championships even once which is enough to suggest how she has performed on grass over the years.
Jankovic’s numbers in Eastbourne where the AEGON International is to be played are even poorer. The veteran player has not won even a single match at that venue. She’s been there in that tournament on a couple of occasions in the past and on both those occasions; she got knocked out from the first round. In 2005, she was defeated by the Belgian Kim Clijsters, while, in 2009, Anna Chakvetadze of Russia showed her the exit door.
While talking to the reporters yesterday, Jankovic admitted that she was a bit weak on the grassy surfaces.
The Serbian said, “My performance has been the worst on grass and I am fully aware of it. Things happen quickly on grass than any other court. You need to keep up with the pace of the surface which I haven’t done so far. But, whenever I play on grass, I try to enjoy myself. That’s very important for you to do as a player.”
As far as Keys is concerned, she is a rapidly rising player who has come a long way since turning professional back in 2009. She is presently at the 40th position in the world rankings. She is quite capable of pulling off an upset against Jankovic especially on grass. So, it’s hard to pick a favourite here.
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Andy Murray is expected to draw on his experience as the Grand Slam Champ while he and Ernests Gulbis undertake a frail attempt to put off a French Open final featuring the lethal pair of Nadal-Djokovic. Murray faced the 8 times champ Nadal for the last time back in the year 2011 at the semi finals at Roland Garros, and faced a major defeat against the same. Nevertheless, since then, the Scot has bagged the Wimbledon title sending millions of Brits into frenzy.
This success somehow seems to have convinced Murray that he can pull this feat off which he has only achieved just once in the last decade during the 5 set game on red clay. Talking about his aupcoming match, Murray commented that obviously he knows a thing or two about these tournaments and how to win them, hence he is feeling quite confident about what lies ahead of him on Friday. Murray at present is the 7th seed and hasn’t bagged a title since the glorious July day in London.
Murray further added that he is going to put in his entire effort on the court this Friday and will see how things turn out to be. However that might not be enough to face it off against a man who has a habit of leaving the court with a trophy in his hand each time. Most media pundits are quite convinced that Murray doesn’t have a chance against Nadal to step into the final, however the Spaniard refuses to disregard the chances of the Brit stating that he definitely is a strong contender. Nadal commented that not only Murray looks in great form, and feels that the upcoming match is sure going to be challenging for him.