“Most Impressive Thing”: Soderling on Roger Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s Impact From Tennis’ Promotion

Published 12/03/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The former World No. 4, Robin Soderling was a prominent player on the ATP Tour. Unfortunately, he couldn’t clinch a Grand Slam title in his professional career. However, the Swedish posed a threat to the ‘Big Three’: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

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Currently, Soderling is captaining Team Sweden at the Davis Cup 2021.

In an interview, he answered some interesting questions, including his perspectives on the GOAT debate. To start with, Soderling appreciated the ‘Big Three’ for playing exceptionally well. However, he believes they created a lot of obstacles for the rest of the players.

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More importantly, he praised them for elevating the stature of the sport.

Robin Soderling on the GOAT debate

Robin Soderling announced his retirement in 2015. The Swedish player has remarkably beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in his tennis career. Recently, he’s guiding Team Sweden at the Davis Cup 2021.

When asked to comment on the GOAT debate, Soderling had a different opinion on the topic. He responded,I think it depends on which player you like the most. What is evident is that they are the three best of all time and the most impressive thing is that they have coincided in time. “

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

However, he also felt challenged to face Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. ” It has been very difficult for the rest of us to make room for ourselves. I remember when I was the fourth of the world and I had to face them.”

Soderling also particularly talked about how the Big Three have shaped and raised the level of tennis. The Swedish said, ”  Having all three of them has been very good for promoting our sport.”

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Soderling has beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

Even though Robin Soderling didn’t lift a Grand Slam title in his professional career, he has achieved some great feats. Throughout his career, he has defeated Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. Interestingly, Soderling became the first-ever player to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open tournament in 2009.

Nadal losing to Soderling in 2009 Roland Garros

After turning professional in 2001, the Swedish has earned 10 ATP singles titles and 1 doubles title. Moreover, he has also reached the finals of French Open 2009 and 2010, but was unable to convert that journey into a victory.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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