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Rafael Nadal and the French Open trophy
Sunday, 6 June 2010 17:01 UK

Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the fifth time and made amends for last year’s defeat by Robin Soderling as he swept past the Swede in straight sets to regain the title.

Nadal saved all eight break points he faced to come through 6-4 6-2 6-4 in two hours 18 minutes at an overcast Roland Garros and secure his seventh Grand Slam title.

“I played my best match against you,” Nadal told Soderling during the trophy ceremony. “If not, it’s going to be impossible to beat you.”

Nadal then told the crowd in French that it was “the most emotional day in my career”.

The victory ensures that the 24-year-old Spaniard will regain the world number one ranking on Monday and leave Roger Federer one week short of Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top.

Soderling, 25, must be content with the runner-up spot for the second year in succession, having become the first and only man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros in last year’s fourth round before losing to Federer in the final.

The Swedish fifth seed had gained some measure of revenge with a highly impressive win over Federer in the quarter-finals this time around but failed to find a way past Nadal’s impregnable defence.

NADAL v SODERLING MATCH FACTS
First serve 77% – 56%
Break points 4/12 – 0/8
Winners 28 – 32
Unforced errors 16 – 45

Nadal had come into Sunday’s final on a 21-0 winning streak on clay that saw him win titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid.

But he had lost his last two matches against Soderling, and memories of the defeat 12 months ago on Court Philippe Chatrier were put to the Spaniard repeatedly ahead of the final.

The predicted overcast conditions were also expected to favour the Swede’s flat hitting, as opposed to the heavy topspin of Nadal, but instead the match began in bright sunshine, and by the time the clouds came it was too late for Soderling.

There was a sign of things to come as early as the fourth game when Soderling earned the first break point of the match, only to thump a backhand over the baseline.

Nadal showed him the way in the very next game by converting his second break point with a backhand cross-court pass that the Swede allowed to drop inside the angle of sideline and baseline.

Soderling had said before the match that he hoped the experience of playing in the final 12 months ago would benefit him this time around, but it did not appear to be helping when Nadal had another two chances to break in game seven, before two big forehands got the Swede out of trouble.

Nadal then showed the first chink in his armour with a double-fault at 30-30 in the following game but Soderling put his forehand long, confirmed by a quickly raised arm from Nadal, and a tame backhand return saw a third break point slip by.

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Soderling did well to recover from facing three set points at 0-40 in game nine with a purple patch of serving, but moments later he blazed a forehand wide on the fourth as Nadal served out the set.

Try as he might, Soderling just could not hit through the Spaniard’s brilliant defence, and too often he made an error when a chance presented itself.

With clouds gathering overhead, the Swede attacked some short forehands from Nadal early in the second set, only to blast a backhand long with the open court gaping on the second of four more break points in a tense fourth game.

Having spent much of the first 75 minutes scrambling with success behind the baseline, Nadal went on the front foot to make the decisive move of the match.

A brilliant backhand cross-court pass and a wayward Soderling forehand saw the Spaniard break for 3-2 and he consolidated the advantage thanks in part to a magnificent point in game six as he returned a smash, worked his way into the net and angled away a beautiful volley.

Soderling looked as good as done for, and he gave up another break as Nadal wrapped up the set, before hammering a desperately loose forehand into the tramlines to drop serve at the start of the third.

There was one final chance for the Swede with his eighth break point of the day in game two but Nadal hit a fine swinging serve to slam the door shut and went on to serve out the match with little trouble.

And after 12 months that saw him lose his French Open and Wimbledon titles – as well as the world number one ranking – and suffer serious injury problems, the emotional Spaniard collapsed on the dirt before returning to his chair and breaking down in tears.

Nadal’s victory also makes another mark in history as he moves into second place in the all-time list of male winners at Roland Garros with five victories, one behind Bjorn Borg’s record.

And like Borg in 1978 and 1980, Nadal has now twice won the tournament without losing a set, after a perfect run in 2008.

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8724597.stm

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Rafael Nadal was born on June 3rd, 1986 at 7:15  p.m. in Manacor, Spain

source:  http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Nadal%2C_Rafael

June 3rd

6 + 3 +2+0+1+0 = 12 = his personal year (from June 3rd, 2010 to June 3rd, 2011)

12 year + 6 (June) = 18 = his personal month (from June 3rd, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010)

18 month + 5 (5th of the month on Saturday June 5th, 2010) = 23 = his personal day (from 7:15 p.m. on Saturday June 5th, 2010 to 7:15 p.m. on Sunday June 6th, 2010) = Leadership.  Zest.  Athlete.  Sports.

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June 3rd, 1986

6 + 3 +1+9+8+6 = 33 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Regaining the title.  Defending the championship. 

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The synastry clearly describes Robin Söderling’s encounter with Rafael Nadal.

Robin Söderling was born on August 14th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_S%C3%B6derling

August 14th

8 + 14 +2+0+0+9 = 33 = his personal year = Rafael Nadal (A person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Rafael’s life lesson is 33 (6 + 3 +1+9+8+6 = 33).  Also the reality of 33 = Regaining the title.  Defending the championship.

33 year + 5 (May) = 38 = his personal month (from May 14th, 2010 to June 13th, 2010) = Nadal then told the crowd in French that it was “the most emotional day in my career”.

38 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday June 6th, 2010) = 44 = his personal day

When his number (44) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience. 

August 14th, 1984

8 + 14 + 1+9+8+4 = 44 = his life lesson number = what he is here to learn

So this was HIS day!!!

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Francesca Schiavone

Saturday, 5 June 2010 16:19 UK

Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title with a superb victory over Australia’s Sam Stosur in the French Open final.

The 29-year-old from Milan ignored her underdog status as she won a high-quality encounter 6-4 7-6 (7-2) on a baking hot Court Philippe Chatrier.

Seventh seed Stosur had beaten Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic on her way to the final and was the leading player on clay this year with a 20-2 record on the surface.

But Schiavone, the 17th seed, was making history as the first Italian woman to even reach a Grand Slam final, and she went one better to match male compatriot Adriano Panatta’s 1976 victory at Roland Garros.

“I felt amazing today,” said the world number 17, who became the second lowest ranked woman in the open era to win the French Open. “I feel a real champion and I’m very, very happy.”

The finalists may not have been among the game’s very biggest names but the quality of play, particularly from Schiavone, was worthy of any major final.

Stosur rattled through her opening two service games to love and Schiavone was similarly impressive in the opening stages, both players seeing off moments of danger from deuce with some big serving.

It was the Australian who cracked first in game nine, sending a forehand wide and then prodding a nervous volley over the baseline to slip to 0-40.

Schiavone thought she had made the breakthrough at 15-40 when a backhand pass clipped the net, only to see it loop up and land inches wide, but Stosur then handed over the break with a double-fault and the Italian came back from 0-30 to see out the set.

Her attacking game plan then brought Schiavone two chances to move clear in game three of the second set but Stosur battled her way out of trouble from 15-40, before putting the pressure back on her opponent with some heavy forehands.

Schiavone faced break points for the first time in the match in game four and when she pushed a forehand into the tramlines it seemed that a third set would be required.

But it was to be the only moment of weakness from the Italian who came roaring back from 4-1 down with three games in a row, a searing backhand return and a forehand pass helping her to break in game seven and drawing huge cheers from the Chatrier crowd.

A tie-break was needed and Schiavone totally dominated, showing no sign of nerves as the greatest prize of her career came into sight.

She brought Stosur into the net and guided a backhand past her for the break at 3-2 and then came up with a volley, a forehand winner and a sublime backhand drop volley to stand at 6-2 and four championship points.

When her single-handed backhand came flying off the frame of Stosur’s racquet, the Italian collapsed onto the dirt and kissed the red clay as she had done after her previous wins this week.

Schiavone then followed the well worn path of Grand Slam winners into the stands to find her friends and family, but few on-court celebrations can have been as emotional as that between the Italian and her many supporters.

“They’re all my family or the people that work with me, or my friends from when I was two, three years old,” Schiavone explained afterwards. “I’m so, so happy.”

And asked about the game plan that worked so perfectly, she added: “It was my tactic to keep going to the net, to press her on the backhand and when I had the chance to go on the forehand, because she’s very strong.”

Stosur was at least able to take some comfort from the fact that she had been beaten by an opponent at the top of her game.

“I still don’t think I played that bad,” said the Australian. “She just had her day. She went for it and everything came off.

“You know, it takes guts to do that and she did it. I don’t think I can really say I did anything wrong. It was just well done to her.”

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8723949.stm

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Francesca Schiavone was born on June 23rd, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_Schiavone

June 23rd, 1980

6 + 23 +1+9+8+0 = 47 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = The future.  Tomorrow.  Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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