40 Facts About Robin Soderling

1. Robin Soderling wore Lotto clothing and used the Head Pro Tour 630 racquet under various paint jobs throughout his career.

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2. Robin Soderling could overpower almost all of his opponents and possessed a good return game.

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3. Robin Soderling stepped down as the tournament director of the Stockholm Open to Simon Aspelin.

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4. Robin Soderling produced and released even more types of tennis gear for RS-Tennis throughout the year.

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5. Robin Soderling continued to be absent from the tour in 2014.

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6. Robin Soderling announced no timetable of returning due to slow recovery from his illness.

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7. Robin Soderling reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, a career best.

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8. Robin Soderling started 2011 with a new coach at his side, he finished third at the exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

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9. Robin Soderling announced in early December 2010 that his new coach was to be Claudio Pistolesi.

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10. Robin Soderling finished the year as world No 5, a career best.

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11. Robin Soderling defeated qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer in a tough five set opening round.

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12. Robin Soderling lost in the third round to Andy Roddick.

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13. Robin Soderling was seeded 5th at the French Open where he defeated Federer for the first time in his career in a tour-level match in the quarterfinals.

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14. Robin Soderling had a dip in form after poor results in both Rome Masters and Madrid Masters winning just one match against Paolo Lorenzi in Rome.

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15. Robin Soderling made his 2010 debut at the Capitala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

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16. Robin Soderling repeated last years success at Roland Garros by reaching a second successive final and winning his first Masters 1000 crown.

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17. Robin Soderling reached No 4 in the world and finished the year as a Top 5 player.

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18. Robin Soderling finished the year ranked No 8, a new career best.

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19. Robin Soderling was then assured a place in the semi finals of this year-end championships.

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20. Robin Soderling was drawn into a group comprising Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko.

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21. Robin Soderling was the No 1 seed at the Stockholm Open but due to an elbow injury had to retire in the semifinals.

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22. Robin Soderling went on to face five-time defending champion and 1st seed Roger Federer for the fourth time this year.

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23. Robin Soderling reached the fourth round for the first time in his career, defeating Gilles Muller, Marcel Granollers, and Nicolas Almagro on the way there.

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24. Robin Soderling was seeded 13th at the Wimbledon Championships, his next event.

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25. Robin Soderling scored the biggest upset of the year beating an injured Nadal and ending his record 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros.

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26. Robin Soderling was seeded 16th at the 2009 Australian Open and lost to an unseeded former finalist Marcos Baghdatis in the second round.

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27. Robin Soderling finished the year with a then career high ranking of No 17.

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28. Robin Soderling took on former Swedish world number 2 Magnus Norman as support until he appointed a new trainer.

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29. Robin Soderling became only the third player in history of that event to accomplish that feat since John McEnroe in 1984 and Fernando Gonzalez in 2003.

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30. Robin Soderling caused much controversy on the court when he exchanged mocking behaviour with Nadal, tugging on his shorts in the manner Nadal is known for after growing tired of Nadal's slow play at the beginning of the 5th.

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31. In 2007 Robin Soderling made it to the round of 32 at Wimbledon, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in a five-set match.

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32. Robin Soderling tried to make his name known in the men's circuit in 2002, playing five more ATP tournaments and the second round of the US Open.

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33. Robin Soderling turned pro in 2001, but only played 2 tour level matches.

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34. On 23 December 2015, Robin Soderling announced his retirement from professional tennis.

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35. Robin Soderling won the semifinals in five sets against Tomas Berdych before losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the final.

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36. Robin Soderling defeated defending champion Federer in the quarterfinals, which ended Federer's record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals.

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37. Robin Soderling reached a second successive French Open final in 2010.

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38. Robin Soderling came to prominence at the 2009 French Open, where he became the first player to defeat Rafael Nadal at the tournament, and the only one to achieve it until Novak Djokovic in 2015.

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39. Robin Soderling was the first player to defeat Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

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40. Robin Soderling reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No 4 singles ranking on November 15, 2010.

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