Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Biography of Robin Soderling

Robin Bo Carl Söderling ( born 14 August 1984 in Tibro) is a professional tennis player from Sweden who is currently ranked #5 in the ATP rankings(26/10/2010). Söderling is best known for reaching successive French Open finals in 2009 and 2010.
In both tournaments, he defeated the defending champion en route to the final—Rafael Nadal in 2009 (becoming the first and, to date, only player to defeat Nadal at the French Open), and Roger Federer in 2010 (ending Federer's record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals).
But ironically, it was Federer and Nadal who had beaten Söderling in the 2009 and 2010 French Open finals respectively. He is coached by former world no.2 Magnus Norman. Playing Style and Equipment Söderling's type of game has been described as "brutal". He is known for his competitive drive and powerful game, hitting accurate hard ground strokes.
His serve is heavy and precise, capable of generating a speed of over 140 mph. He can overpower most of his opponents and possesses a very good return game. His double-handed backhand is solid and dependable, while the forehand is regarded as one of the most lethal in today's game. Most of his success has come on faster surfaces (hard courts and indoor carpet), although his best Grand Slam results have occurred at the French Open; this is thought to be due to the heavy conditions and slowness of the clay which allow him more time to set up his powerful shots.
Many people have praised Söderling for his game, saying he is a Grand Slam contender and stable top tenner, though his mental strength and lack of consistency in his game has been his weakness. But in recent years, his mental toughness has improved considerably and this has raised the consistency of his game; much of this has been attributed to the influence of his current coach, former world #2 and 2000 French Open finalist Magnus Norman. Söderling wears Lotto clothing and uses a Head YOUTEK Radical Midplus racquet.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tennis Equipment : Wilson BLX Six.One Tour

Roger Federer's Six.One Tour gets updated with Wilson's BLX technology. Wilson has woven Basalt fibers in the construction of the racquet for what it calls the most advanced composites in the industry. On court the BLX version of the Six.One Tour picks up where the KFactor version left off.

With a very similar spec, the differences between the two are subtle. The playtesters found the power level and control pretty much identical to the KFactor version with the main difference coming in feel. With Basalt in the construction, the BLX Six. One Tour is designed to resist vibration and offer a cleaner feel.

Compared to the KFactor version, the Six.One Tour BLX feels slightly more dampened. As with previous versions, the racquet is incredibly solid from all areas of the court. The racquet's mass offers excellent plow through on everything from groundstrokes to serves.

At net, there is a high level of control thanks to the solid response and solid bite from the stringbed. All in all an excellent choice for the advanced 5.0+ level player seeking the ultimate in control.

Head Size: 90 sq. in. / 580.64 sq. cm.
Length: 27 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 12.5oz / 354.37g
Balance: 9 pts HL
Composition: Karophite Black / Basalt
Power Level: Low Swing Speed: Fast
String Tension: 50-60 pounds
Player Using this Racquet: Roger Federer

Sharapova gets engaged to Lakers' guard Vujacic

Three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova got engaged to her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, after he proposed on Tuesday night at his Manhattan Beach, Calif. home. The two had been dating for nearly a year. TMZ was the first to report the news.
Sharapova's agent has since confirmed it to CNBC's Darren Rovell. Sharapova and Vujacic first went public with their relationship last November when they were seen cuddling at a U2 concert in Los Angeles. Since then, the relationship has become the fodder of tabloids and paparazzi, as the athletes have been photographed together in Los Angeles and Italy, where they vacationed.

Federer wins Stockholm Open, to ties with Sampras 64 career titles

STOCKHOLM (AP)—Roger Federer beat Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3 to win the Stockholm Open on Sunday and match Pete Sampras’ total of 64 career titles. Since 1968, only Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94) and John McEnroe (77) have won more singles tournaments than Federer and Sampras.

“It’s amazing that I’m there where Pete’s ended his career on,” Federer said. “You never know when it’s your last one. That’s why you want to savor every tournament victory.” In beating the 47th-ranked Mayer at Royal Tennis Hall, Federer won his third title of the year. The unseeded German broke serve in the seventh game before Federer started spraying winners to take the set.

Federer showed glimpses of his best form in the second set, mixing power and finesse and ending the match in 63 minutes. By KEITH MOORE, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Federer cruise Soderling to reach Semifinal ATP Shanghai Open 2010

Roger Federer thumped old foe Robin Soderling 6-1 6-1 in the Shanghai Masters last eight to book a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic. The Swiss master was rarely tested by the Swedish fifth seed, who endured a forgettable afternoon against the man he upset in the French Open earlier this year.
Federer's win was not quite up the standard of his 6-4 6-4 7-5 victory over Soderling at the US Open last month, but in truth it did not have to be as his opponent suffered with the heavier conditions in Shanghai and his timing. The pair split the opening two games of the match before Federer won the next 10 as Soderling began to bleed games with worrying regularity.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Soderling eases into Malaysian Open quarterfinals

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) —Top-seeded Robin Soderling breezed past Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-0, 6-1 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open. The fifth-ranked Swede dominated the match with his blistering serves and accurate shots to set up a meeting with Andrey Golubev.

Golubev edged Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-6 (4). Soderling dropped only eight points in the 22-minute first set. Roger-Vasselin got on the board in the second set when he held serve to lead 1-0. Third-seeded Tomas Berdych defeated Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3, and David Ferrer of ousted Yuki Bhambri 6-2, 6-2.
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