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Old 01-03-2010, 03:07 PM   #1591
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I had to leave after Söderling had just broken back in the second, but I like a lot of what I've seen from Robin so far here in these three EXHO matches, both physically and mentally. However, I'd be glad to see him skip Kooyong and have some days of nothing but rest ahead of the AO.

Nadal is already moving and hitting the ball a lot better after his short off-season.
I just looked at the highlights and Robin went from playing really well to doing things like double-faulting twice in the game he lost to lose the match. I hope he skips Kooyong too. Remember that Del Potro skipped Cinci before the U.S. Open due to "exhaustion" and that turned out well. Both SVG and Expressen reported that Robin made around 2 million U.S. dollars at Abu Dhabi, so one can certainly understand why he played that exho. But enough is enough.

I came across this in Expressen today. Quotes by Rafa on Robin and what he needs to do to succeed. It appears Magnus Norman's influence is going beyond the tennis court but also reflected in how well Robin is being received by other players. Roger Federer had similar praise for Robin and mentioned Norman's coaching as being an important factor in his transformaton on many levels.

Soderling Praised by Nadal - Despite Loss
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"Must play on the Edge to Defeat Robin"

Rafael Nadal says he thinks that Robin Soderling is one of the toughest opponents on the tour. "If you are going to win against Robin, you must play on the edge all the time."

The Swedes baseline play and serve is what he pays tribute to the most. And that he might take revenge for the loss at the French Open was valuable for the Spaniard.

"I really wanted to win this match. If I play at this level, I have a chance, just like Robin, to win many titles this year."

How about Soderling in person?

"He has grown a lot during the past year. Previously, he was much more shy. Now he is, I believe, with Magnus Norman's help, more open and social. And it is also reflected by greater assertiveness in his play."
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:25 PM   #1592
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Also, Magnus has picked up updating his blog:

http://answermyquestionjerk.se/magnus/

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This latest short entry from Magnus, was after the victory over Federer:

January 1, 2010 by magnus:
"Nice New Years-gift for Robin today. Or not a gift really. I feel that Robin has come closer and closer every time he is facing Roger, so for me the victory did not come as a surprise at all. But it must feel good to finally shake hands as a winner and that, I believe, will take the pressure off the next time they face each other."

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Well, now we all Söderking-fans are looking forward to great results in January and then of course, meeting Argentina in Davis Cup (5-7th of March in Stockholm). Last time, Robin made an outstanding performance winning all his singles matches as well as the doubles with Lindstedt (against Romania to stay in the World Group). VAMOS ROBIN!!

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I´m slightly taking off my support this year to take him out the responsability to satisfy another fan.
Concentrating my efforts this year to lift Fishy and Grosjeanin.
Enjoy 2010 Söderking xax.
(If he falls down again I might comeback )
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I´m slightly taking off my support this year to take him out the responsability to satisfy another fan.
Concentrating my efforts this year to lift Fishy and Grosjeanin.
Enjoy 2010 Söderking xax.
(If he falls down again I might comeback )
the same goes for me; been reading this forum/thread for months decided to focus on less well known players such as Hajek, Ouanna, Kavcic, Brown and Luczak.
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the same goes for me; been reading this forum/thread for months decided to focus on less well known players such as Hajek, Ouanna, Kavcic, Brown and Luczak.
Just kidding.

Soda I will never leave him

But this is just for the case if you don´t see me around too much this year.
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Never leave Söderking

Even though he made an early exit in Chennai today (lost against Ginepri 4-6, 5-7.. didn´t really get his game to work like in Abu Dhabi). He will get some new energy soon and hopefully perform great at Australian Open (he told Eurosport.se that he might play in Kooyong). Well, anyway. He can do it!

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From Answermyquestionjerk.se. January 6, 2010 by magnus (my own translation, as swedish native speaker!):

"INDIA DOES NOT SEEM TO BE FOR ME"

"Nope, been here 3 times as a player and 1 time as coach and still hardly won 1 match!! To return to the game yesterday, I do not agree that Robin performs a catastrophic match. Sure I have seen him play better but TENNISWISE it was really not that bad in my opinion. Call me weird but this is a fact. You can't order a win! Genepri makes a very good performance the way I see it and for that we should raise our hats. He has been in the top 20s and in semifinals on this surface at US Open. The number of easy mistakes that he does are few and he reaches basically everything. The key game is 4-2 in second set where Robin creates 3 good smash-opportunities but burns all 3 of them! 5-2 there instead and we would most likely had a 3rd set.
Now we can break down, analyze and move on! The year is long. Lots of tennis to play and great challenges around the corner!"

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From Answermyquestionjerk.se. January 6, 2010 by magnus (my own translation, as swedish native speaker!):

"INDIA DOES NOT SEEM TO BE FOR ME"

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Hi folks, just jumped in to say 'hello', again.
Hope you don't mind me being critical at times, it's just me. To ALL the players I happen to like.

Just wanted to let you know that I don't think that Robin's loss at Chennai is in any way a 'big deal'.

The AO, that's where it counts, not at the Mickey Mouses before. So, stay positive, all of you!

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Hi folks, just jumped in to say 'hello', again.
Hope you don't mind me being critical at times, it's just me. To ALL the players I happen to like.
Hi Karin,

This is the Soderking Forum. Anyone is allowed to express any opinion they want to express. We're all scattered all over the place in terms of how we feel about Robin and other players. Most of us are pretty tough on Robin too, although it is tough love.

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Just wanted to let you know that I don't think that Robin's loss at Chennai is in any way a 'big deal'.
It hurt big time though. I know logically we all were demanding that he get rest and that an ATP 250 is a dime a dozen when looking at the season points as a whole. So it will be really insignificant in hindsight. But since he was the #1 seed and this was his first real tourney, it felt awful at the time. Dana said she was "shocked". I think that was proper feeling I had after the loss.

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The AO, that's where it counts, not at the Mickey Mouses before. So, stay positive, all of you!
Blu came in yesterday and gave me the lift I needed to not feel so upset. It also dawned on me how the circumstances of his crowded schedule and all the promotional work he had to do for this tourney as the "poster boy" for it is a formula that is going to exhaust him and bring out his worst tennis.

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I've been in Nole chat quite a bit and saw you posting once there about finding your missing cat. But I haven't seen you much online, not even in the Prog Rock thread, although I'm looking now and see that you have updated it. I have nothing meaningful to add to the current discussion. I don't know Porcupine Tree that well yet. But I'm pretty easy to find in here.

Heads up! I'm requesting my nick be changed to one that is less controversial. I will appear as "Nolby" if it is approved reflecting Nole and Nalby.
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From India to Australia
January 7, 2010 by magnus (translated from answermyquestionjerk.se):

No, Chennai was not what we hoped for. But that´s the way it is within sports and maybe that´s the glory of it all in a way.. You never know what is going to happen and the competition is tough! A medioker day at work and it is "bye bye". From the World No 1 to fiasco (as some newspaper wrote) over one night.
Well, two physical training sessions the day after in an incredibly damp gym in India. I have never sweated so much in my entire life when I stepped down from the treadmill… My brother (who is with us this trip) laughed out loud..
Half an hour before midnight was the flight to Melbourne and we arrived the day after at 8.30 pm local time. I slept almost the entire flight so it did not really feel like evening when we got there...
About the next few days, we have been discussing back and forth. Weigh the pros and cons.. and concluded to play Kooyong Classic next week in Melbourne. If feels good I must say. Until then there will be NO rest if that is what you think.. hehe

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Report from Melbourne
January 9, 2010 by magnus norman (my own translation from answermyquestionjerk.se, as Swedish native speaker):

Finished with the first training session here in Melbourne. Since we arrived after a long trip from India, we started a bit careful. Robin played 2 hours with yours truly (me that is) in Kooyong. It was rather windy and very varm, which made it kind of hard to play. The surface here is also much faster than in Chennai where it was exremely weird. High bounce sometimes and rather quick bounce sometimes - the timing was hard to find. Nice to be back at a normal surface! The good form is not there yet, but that´s not so strange! We know the deal and it is just about taking advantage of the training session we have in front of us. In the afternoon we did one of Robins physical sessions with focus on leg strength.

In "leg dips" we did 3 sets with 4-5 repetitions at 90 kilos (down to 90 degrees angle). And also we did some jumps and finished with 20 minutes fitness training. 1,5 hours in total. Today saturday is waking up on the schedule before breakfast and then tennis 12-1 pm and 4-6 pm with Djokovic before VO2 max in the evening.
*** 3 pages of tennis is opening every sports insertion here every day! Today I read an article about Berhard Tomic and is just amazed how this is blown out of proportion to absurd levels! - “I know i will be number one. Its just a matter of when and where” are maybe not quotes I would have been very pleased with to read if I had been the coach of that guy... Sure, you should believe in yourself but there are limits. Maybe I am a little damaged by the Swedish mentality too. Who knows!
*** For a week now I have been reading the following headline from the tournament in Doha “Federer and Nadal heading for showdown in Doha finals”… And so the fairy tale ends.. 4-6 4-6 in the back for Roger against Davydenko.
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thanks for the translation!!!! i wish i had this week off work and could go to melbourne early
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