Soderling clinches Paris Masters in style: Heartbreak for Monfils again

PARIS - NOVEMBER 13: Robin Soderling of Sweden in action against Michael Llodra of France in the semi-final during Day Seven of the ATP Masters Series Paris at the Palais Omnisports on November 13, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Soderling takes home the Paris Masters for the first time.

Monfils could not use the momentum of the crowd to make inroads into the Swede’s game.

The first set was an one-sided affair with the tall Nordic breaking twice to take the set 6-1.

The Monfils of old was back in the second set but Soderling was just too strong and held his nerve in the tie-break to take the title.

Even a diving Monfils could not stand in the big Swede’s way.

Perhaps, Soderling’s doting girlfriend on the sidelines had a hand to play in the Swede’s huge win.

For Monfils, it is heartbreak once again. He made the finals last year as well losing to Novak Djokovic.

The final score: 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) to Soderling.

One hour and seventeen minutes was all it took.

I just wonder if beating Federer is unlucky for the victors specially when it comes in the earlier rounds. Does the Swiss soften up his opponents for the kill?

Soderling, Berdych, Djokovic and Monfils. Does knocking out the great man leave no gas in the tank for the next encounter(s)?

Just a wild thought! Have a great day!

31373, PARIS, FRANCE - Sunday May 31, 2009. Robin Soderling (Sweden) beats Rafael Nadal (Spain) in 4 sets, his first defeat at the French Open. Robin's clan, his coach Magnus Norman, his girlfriend and friends, are very happy after the big upset. French Open 2009, Internationaux de France 2009, held at the Roland-Garros stadium in Paris. Photograph: © Juan Soliz,

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