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Reflections: Day 10 of the French Open

Match of the Day: Robin Soderling (5) vs. Roger Federer (1), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. We’ve said before that we don’t like to root against Roger. But there is something about Robin Soderling that made us positively gleeful when he broke Federer a second time in the 4th set and then held on for a win. Currently #1 in the world and the reigning French Open champion, Federer had beaten Soderling in every single one of their twelve previous meetings. Additionally, going into the 2010 French Open, Federer had a stunning streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. On the other side of the net, Robin Soderling became a household name when he broke Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the French Open last year and faced off against Federer in the 2009 finals. As he gets closer to the finals, it is important to remember that Soderling is the only player to beat Nadal on the terre bateau of Roland Garros. Can he continue his “champion-slaying”? Apologies to Rafa, but we hope so!

Surprising Exits: Roger Federer (1), Caroline Wozniacki (3), Cara Black / Leander Paes (2).

A Day for the Record Books: By beating Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to make it to a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open era.

Also … We learned that Nicolas Almagro loves fried eggs and really likes the French word beaucoup (in English: “a lot”).

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