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While Nadal's loss in 2009 to Soderling wasn't a final, the degree of domination from Soderling wasn't as decisive as today's domination from Wawrinka, and today didn't go to 5 sets, these two matches appear to be eeriely similar. A heavy hitting underdog submitting the clear favorite by constant bombing.

Both Nadal and Djokovic were coming from amazing streaks. Nadal's dominating victory over Federer in RG, and his even more amazing victory in Wimbledon, was followed by a very nice form in the American Summer tournaments, which although not crystalized in a USO victory, carried over to his epic victory at AO 09. Not unlike Djokovic's streak up to now.

There has been much debate whether Nadal was injured during the Soderling match and to what degree, although it seems clear Nadal had serious knee issues which hampered his play that day (and which caused him to not even attempt to defend his title in Wimbledon).

Just thought it would be interesting to discuss some of the parallels here.
 

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Nadal was injured in 2009, he did not even play Wimbledon after and was missing in action for a good moment.

Wawrinka completely outplayed an extremely fit Djokovic in the middle of one of his best run. No contest.
 

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Nadal was injured in 2009, he did not even play Wimbledon after and was missing in action for a good moment.

Wawrinka completely outplayed an extremely fit Djokovic in the middle of one of his best run. No contest.
Despite this, there are some clear analogies that can be drawn, no? It is ironic that these upsets also happen by very aggressive players at the slam which (on paper) is less propicious for this type of upset, especially against two very good claycourters (yes, calling Nadal a "very good claycourter" is not entirely accurate).
 

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Soderling, he is the only one to beat prime Nadal at Roland Garros and will ever be.

And this is more difficult to do than beat Djokovic in a slam final.
 
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