The name Robin Soderling once echoed off the walls of ATP Tour competition. Just three years ago, the Swedish tennis star was in the form of his life and appeared destined to challenge Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for future Grand Slam titles.
Yet almost as quickly as he shot up the world rankings did Soderling fall, and many tennis fans will be forgiven for forgetting the name of this once bright prospect. For Soderling has been out of the game for almost 18 months now after being diagnosed with a fatigue virus that threatens to end his bright career early.
The two-time Roland Garros finalist has had to endure two seasons of mononucleosis, a virus that drains the body of energy far quicker than usual exercise should allow. Yet the Swede has not given up hope of returning to the court and could make a comeback in the 2013 season.
“I will give it a shot, but I learned to live with the thought that maybe it will not be possible,” Soderling told Sky Sports. “I feel I have at least five more years in me.”
Indeed, many fans on Betfair would like to see the return of one of the games fiercest competitors. He will always be known for his precise shot selection and powerful forehands, while a heavy serve means he often bypassed opponents in the early rounds of Slams.
Yet this powerful, robust game could now play a disadvantage in Soderling’s recovery because of his fatigue virus. If he were to return to court, tennis fans would see a much changed player from the one they saw three years ago.
Instead of physical strength to blow opponents away, the 26-year-old would need to change his game to a more technique-based style: finding angles, working opponents, and mixing his shot selection if he is to make a successful comeback.
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