It's interesting because he's one guy Nadal doesn't really like personally, which is saying something because Nadal likes just about everyone. He's one of the few guys Nadal had some beef with in the past, and I wonder if that didn't play into Nadal's mindset a little bit because it was personal. Usually Nadal is a very respectful player on the other side of the net. But Soderling is one of the few guys he has an issue with. So I wonder if that played into Nadal's thinking a little bit.
But Nadal, afterwards, basically said this guy will have to justify for this in the afterlife. He basically said this guy was doomed to hell, which is sort of a weird thing to say, but particularly for Nadal, who pretty much goes out of his way to say nice things about everyone. So I do wonder -- and this is the kind of thing players will never admit to -- but I do wonder if the personal history had anything to do with Nadal not having it today
The really interesting thing now is if he can beat
He's lost his last two tournaments -- both on clay. It's not exactly panic time, and he's still No. 1, but it certainly makes Wimbledon a lot more interesting. It's been a long time since entered the grass-court season on a losing streak. But that's why we like sports.