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Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

Seriously, after Verdasco made the semis of the Australian Open Simon Reed dubbed him "the future" (I hate him for this), suddenly everyone who liked him was a bandwagoner, and everytime he lost a match, no matter who to, everyone said that he was a fluke.

I understand that Soderling hasn't yet played a tournament since FO, but what he accomplished at the French Open was arguably even more reason for people to start dubbing him "the future" and all that, yet nobody's even said anything of the sort. I've seen very few if any people say that his run was a total fluke.

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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

There are idiots calling it a fluke. Verdasco is a himbo and a pretty boy, whereas as the Toad isn't exactly media friendly.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

i think that's mainly because a certain someone has been casting quite a shadow on roland garros this year. if it had been rafa beating him in the final, söderling probably would've gotten more attention.
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i think that's mainly because a certain someone has been casting quite a shadow on roland garros this year. if it had been rafa beating him in the final, söderling probably would've gotten more attention.
I guess that could be it.

It's still pretty unfair though.

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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

He got a pretty big reception back in Sweden.
Plus he's not a top 10 player like Verdasco. Not getting into looks, polite manners or media friendliness.

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He got a pretty big reception back in Sweden.
Plus he's not a top 10 player like Verdasco. Not getting into looks, polite manners or media friendliness.
Well of course he did in Sweden. It's his homeland.

Verdasco only became a Top 10 player after AO. Nobody had really expected anything from him at AO, same with Soderling at FO. I don't see how it's different.

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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

Why does it matter actually?

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

Because his FO run is seen as a fluke

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Why does it matter actually?
Well it's just double-standards.

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Well it's just double-standards.
Is it?

One is more media friendlier than the other, who happens to look better than the other. So the one that has the better image is going to be hyped more, not rocket science.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

Because nothing interesting happens after AO for a while, so it gets chewed over to death, whereas now it's all about cranking up for Wimbledon. RG is already a distant memory.
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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

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Well of course he did in Sweden. It's his homeland.

Verdasco only became a Top 10 player after AO. Nobody had really expected anything from him at AO, same with Soderling at FO. I don't see how it's different.
See, Verdasco became a top 10 player, Söderling hasn't become top 10 player yet.

Not that any of it matters indeed.

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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

Verdasco went out after an epic battle that lasted 5 sets and about 5 hours, if I remember correctly.

Soderling on the other hand lost a pretty one-sided affair without ever showing any signs of a threat.

Personally I think the Gonzalez encounter was emotionally draining and he seemed to have decided there and then that he had had an excellent tournament, best 2 weeks of his life etc.. etc..

He made the finals look like a formality. When you don't show the desire to win, people don't usually tip you as a future success.

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Re: Why has Soderling received less attention following his FO run?

because Soderling has yet to step foot on a grass court but rest assure if he is healthy and has adjusted his game and is firing from all cylinders I don't think anyone wants to see him on the other side of the net,nobody

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