How Soderling humanized Rafa in Paris

Updated: May 31, 2009, 10:12 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Bjorn Borg's historical place here is safe, thanks to a feisty fellow Swede who froze out the hottest clay-court player of his generation.

"I'm expecting at least an SMS [text message] from him,'' Robin Soderling said, smiling under cocked eyebrows, after ending Rafael Nadal's quest for a fifth straight French Open title, which would have broken the record held jointly by Nadal and Borg.

Who is the man that unmasked Nadal? "He made Rafa look pretty average, and that's ...

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