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Soderling maturing before our eyes

Updated: November 25, 2009, 2:29 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

LONDON -- There was a moment when Robin Soderling might have crumbled Monday.

Nursing a slender 3-1, 15-0 first-set lead in his debut at the elite year-end championships, with most of the roughly 17,000 in attendance at London's O2 Arena rooting for foe Rafael Nadal, the latter uncorked a cross-court forehand that collided with the net. Unfortunately for Soderling, upon impact the ball clipped the top and plopped over, one of those no-hopers for the recipient. Nadal apologized not once, ...

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