In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Robin Soderling says he no longer wants to be the only man to ever beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
Soderling, who’s been off the tour since the summer of 2011 with mono, says there’s more to him than just that win, which is what he’s known for, a label he can’t shake.
“It’s good to be the only one, but everybody is asking me only about this match. I am really proud of many other things in my career: being in the top five, reaching the final of a grand slam twice. I’m actually even more proud of making it to the French Open final in 2010 than the previous year, because defending those points was a big challenge.
“So maybe it’s better that Rafa loses again, then everybody will stop asking me about it. It’s become a sort of legend, and people often get it wrong: some think that I am the only person ever to beat him in any tennis match, others think it was in the final of the French Open, some even think it was at Wimbledon.”
In the story, the 30-year-old Soderling admits his tennis career is likely over, but he is feeling better after this lengthy battle with mono.
“It’s still a dream of mine to play professional tennis again,” said Soderling.
“Over the last six months I’ve started feeling much better, maybe 90 percent. I can train a little bit now but I would rather do too little than too much. I’ve made the same mistake so many times, starting to feel better and then stepping up the training too soon and having a relapse. I’ve learnt that tennis isn’t everything.”
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