2010 French Open – Nick’s Picks – Men’s Singles Finals

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Robin Soderling (SWE) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Soderling advanced to the finals of the French Open for the second straight with a come-from-behind victory over Tomas Berdych in the semifinals. If he wins, he will become the first Swedish player to win the French Open since Mats Wilander in 1988. By reaching the finals, Soderling is guaranteed to rise to a career high of #6 in the world on Monday (amazingly, he is the only Swedish man ranked in the top 300!).

The last time Rafael Nadal lost a match was in the semis in Miami back in March. He won titles at Monte Carlo, Rome, and Madrid and is now poised to win his fifth French Open title and take back the #1 ranking from Federer.

Match-Up:

Nadal is 3-2 against Soderling, but how can anyone forget the incredible win that Soderling had over Nadal at last year’s French Open. He then beat Nadal again last year in the World Tour Finals in London in straight sets. These two men have played the best tennis over the last two weeks and they deserve to be in the final. Everyone wants to know if Soderling can repeat his performance from last year? I don’t think he can. Nadal is playing better tennis than he was in last year’s final and he is much healthier. When you combine that with Nadal’s ability to punish his opponents with consistent heavy spin, he is just about impossible to beat on clay. I look for Soderling to take push Nadal and possibly win a set, but in the end it will be Nadal back in the winner’s circle!

Nick’s Pick – Nadal in 4 sets

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~ by Nick's Picks on June 4, 2010.

One Response to “2010 French Open – Nick’s Picks – Men’s Singles Finals”

  1. What an expertise judgement from Nick. Most `Lay People` in my tennis club in Germany betted that Soderling would defeat Nadal in the finals of the french open 2010. Great Nick!

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