Originally Posted by J99
What, who did he beat, a low seeded unproven Soderling at the time, Soderling did not beat Rafa there, Rafa was injured, and Del Po who was also unproven at that level at the time, that match probably gave Del Po the confidence and experience he needed to beat him at the US, but he wasn't ready to do it at the French, so there was no way Fed wasn't going to win it unless Rafa was there.
Nadal was so injured he was running everything down as usual.
Soderling was the man and won fair and square. Went for his shots and made about 99% of them.