5 greatest French Open matches in the Open Era
Robin Soderling vs Rafael Nadal, 2009
Swedish player Robin Soderling was not an entirely unknown face on the tennis circuit in 2009. But he was certainly not as well-known as the rivals he took on over the years. In 2009, he took on four-time reigning champion and King of Clay Rafael Nadal on his own turf, and it was here that Soderling shone.
Nadal had won the French Open title on each of the previous occasions he had played the tournament since his professional tennis debut in 2005.
But the Swede rained on the Spaniard’s parade, and in a contest of 23rd seed against top seed, it was the lower-ranked player who came out on top, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.