So Rafa Nadal finally lost at Roland Garros after 4 years.Just when he was in sight and everybody thought he would beat the record set byBjorn Borg who also won the French Open 4 years in a row he lost to Swede RobinSoderling in 4 unbelievable sets.I just wonder whether Soderling had been primed and sent by Borg with the missionof taking out Nadal like some kind of terminator.Having said that you have to say he played a great match.Although people have to see that Nadal has not been at his best, I still think hewould have beaten most players and it was really down to the fact that Soderlingwas so good that the upset was caused.He basically did to Nadal what several other players (Murray, Djokovic), havethreatened to do in the past few months with the one big exception He Won!
Not since Tsonga took the game big time to Nadal a couple of years ago at theAustralian Open and won, has anyone threatened him with play like we saw today andbeen victorious (even Federer)?Well maybe not, but I think that the how to play and beat Rafa code is becoming
clearer by the day and I now think that more people will start to employ it.It is now available for all to see and use, if you have the game to be able toexecute it (if you don't - you better get it).Angels and Demons?Watching the match today with interest, I found it very very difficult to decidewho was the crowd favourite.The angels and demons analogy stuck in my mind throughout the match as I wasdeciding who the very knowledgeable French Open public had singled out as the goodguy (angel) and who was the bad guy (demon).In fact (in my mind at least), the publics support swayed from Soderling at the
very beginning of the match when they thought he was obviously going to lose, to
Nadal, when they began to realise the trouble their great champion was in!Its strange how the crowd was almost happy for Nadal to have some stiff
resistance as long as he came through and won in the end.This obviously didn't happen as a strangely ineffective Nadal was bullied and out-muscled by the tall Swede Soderling in the same way that Nadal normally bulliesand out muscles his opponents.So, where does that leave the balance of play in the Men's game?Has this result changed anything?Is Federer now seen to be right when he said he is waiting to see how Nadal reactsto being the hunted instead of the hunter?Or was it just fatigue and injury that caused Rafa to be under par?We know now that Nadal has pulled out of the Queen club event where he is the