Rafael Nadal will play Sweden’s Robin Soderling in the final of the 2010 French Open on Sunday at Roland Garros after the Spaniard saw off Jurgen Meltzer in straight sets in today’s Semi-Final, beating the Austrian 6-2 6-3 7-6 (8-6).
Nadal has now won 21 matches in a row on clay in 2010 since his comeback from last year’s injury hit season.
Nadal’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be Swede Robin Soderling who defeated the Spanish ace in this tournament last year – Nadal will be hoping to turn the tables this time around as it will give him the Number One ATP World Ranking position from Roger Federer after the Swiss went out in the Quarter Finals of this tournament.
Soderling is a tricky opponent on clay, however, as he has proved by following the 3-1 defeat of Federer with a classy couple of matches en route to Sunday’s showdown.
Nadal, however, has looked in imperious form, barely breaking sweat in many matches as he has proved too powerful for all opponents faced on his favoured surface thus far at Roland Garros.
If Soderling does not get to grips with Nadal’s game early on Sunday, it could be a swift defeat, such is the form the Spaniard is showing. Nadal is bidding to win an incredible fifth French Open title.
In This Story: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).