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Roger Federer ended his French Open jinx when he swept past Swede Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 6-4 in the final to clinch his first Roland Garros title on Sunday.
The Swiss equalled Pete Sampras’s record of 14 grand slam titles and became the sixth man to win all four major tournaments, sealing victory in just under two hours in cloudy conditions.
“It was really not easy to deal with my emotions,” said the 27-year-old Federer, who lost to world number one Rafael Nadal in the three previous finals. “It might be the greatest victory of my career.”
Can we now rightfully proclaim Federer as the greatest tennis player ever?
It wasn’t supposed to be a question of ‘if’ but rather how convincingly Rafael Nadal would clinch his record fifth successive French Open title.
But the baseline behemoth, for so long indestructible at Roland Garros, turned out to be mere flesh and blood, mere forehands and backhands as his unbeaten record at the capital of claycourt tennis came to an inglorious end.
It has been quite a day in the world of sport, especially for tired sports journalists.
Rafael Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round at the French Open. Yes you read that right. The four-time champion’s 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros is over.
The tennis blogosphere seems to have welcomed the new roof on Wimbledon’s centre court with open arms (see here, here and here for a taste), as did Andre Agassi when he was asked about his invitation to play at Sunday’s event.
Check out the video above to see what Agassi had to say, not just about Wimbledon, and click here for the thoughts of our tennis correspondent Pritha Sarkar.
After only eight days into the 57-date European claycourt season, it seems as if only one name will be engraved on the French Open trophy this year.
Just as Robert Langdon dashed around the streets of Paris trying to solve the Da Vinci Code, the likes of Roger Federer and company have become obsessed with finding a way to crack Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams just survived a real scare against China’s Li Na at the Sony Ericsson Open here at Key Biscayne, Miami. The world number one’s bid to reach her sixth title in this event hung in the balance during a second set tie-break after she had made a dreadful start losing the first set 6-4.
Serena won that tie break to two and then cruised through the third set for a hard-earned victory in intense Floridian heat but hers would not have been the first shock at this tournament.