Rafael Nadal out of French Open in shock tennis defeat  

Rafael Nadal out of French Open in shock tennis defeat  

Rafael Nadal's incredible winning record at the French Open came to an end on Sunday after a surprise defeat in the fourth round to Sweden's Robin Soderling.

The 22-year-old Spaniard, who's never lost at the annual tournament and has taken the title in the last four years, saw his unbeaten 31-match run at Roland Garros come to an end after losing 6-2, 6-7, (2-7), 6-4, 7-6, (7-2).

Underdog Robin, 24, had lost his last three matches against the world number one, including one in Rome last month. 

Speaking after the match, Rafael said: "Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until now was." 

"You need a defeat to give value to your victories."

The Manacor-born athlete, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, is now preparing to defend his grass court title at Wimbledon which gets underway next month

 

Photo: ę Getty Images

Monday June 1, 2009

Previous News In Pictures:

MORE NEWS IN PICTURES
´╗┐

Follow us on

´╗┐

News in pictures

´╗┐

Suggestions

´╗┐
´╗┐