Robin Soderling Wins First Tennis Masters – Interviews, Highlights [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 14th, 2010, 2:16 pm

Congratulations to Robin Soderling and his supporters. Soderling dashed the hopes of local favorite Gael Monfils by beating the Frenchman 61, 76 to capture the BNParibas Tennis Masters in Paris.

Soderling dropped just one set the entire week which included three saved match points in his semifinal thriller over Michael Llodra.

It was his first career Tennis Masters title for Soderling who was a two-time runner-up in Paris at the French Open. In the interview, the Swede admits to feeling more nervous today than he did in those two French finals.

“It feels great,” said Soderling. “I don’t have a very good record in finals, and especially here in Paris. I lost two finals at Roland Garros. Of course it’s great to reach the final in a Grand Slam and also in a Masters 1000, but I think a final is that one match you really want to win. I’m really happy that I played well today, and now I’m here winning the title.

“When I won that last point, I just felt so happy and I felt so relieved. I really wanted to win this match so much.”

Monfils ended his season like he did last year by losing in the Paris final, but Gael did enjoy a career win yesterday over Roger Federer.

While Monfils’ season is over Soderling now goes to London where he’ll against be someone to watch for on the fast indoor surface.

Match highlights from the Paris final:

Robin Soderling Interview:

A short Gael Monfils Interview:

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6 Comments for Robin Soderling Wins First Tennis Masters – Interviews, Highlights [Video]

i am it Says:

I have always liked Soderling’s game. Now he earns a place in the list of my 5 favorites. He looks genuinely happy. That’s beauty.

Kimmi Says:

better late than never. congrats to soda pop for his first masters title.

contador – i remember we were all laughing at the bleacher report guy picking soda to win this didnt look like that from the beginning..amazing pick! i dont know how he saw that one coming, he must have some psychic eye or something :)

Congrats to soda for reaching # 4, his highest career ranking. I agree with dimwitted recluse, he has a beutiful fiance.

mitch Says:

monfils’ season isnt over just yet, still has Davis Cup.

Von Says:

I hope Monfils looks at his performance at Bercy with a positive mindset — he beat Fed — and he’ll take that confidence into his DC matches vs. Serbia. I’d love to see France DC, especially if Gasquet gets the nod from Forget to play, not to mention the 30 year-old Llodra. I feel that Gasquet needs all the nurturing and positive reinforcement he can get from the French team to bolster his up and down confidence.

TomA Says:

Draw for London:

Explain the possible group combinations. Obviously Nadal and Federer (1 & 2) will be in separate groups.
Seeing as Soderling has overtaken Murray as #4, could it be possible that both Djokovic (2) and Murray (4) could be in the same group as Nadal or Federer?


Federer(2), Djokovic(3), Murray (5), Roddick (8)
Nadal (1), Soderling (4), Berdych (6), Ferrer (7)

Is that possible??

TomA Says:

I suck

….*** could it be possible that both Djokovic (3) and Murray (5) *** ….

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