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Wimbledon men - Quarter-final - Men

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal3676-
SwedenR Söderling6361-

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  1. 1-6 - WINNER! Nadal is through to the semi-finlas as he fires a forehand winner down the line and the 2008 champion will face either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday - those two continuing to do battle over on Centre Court

  2. 1-5 - BREAK! A huge double fault (and not in a good way) hands Nadal another break point. It goes begging when the Spaniard hits long of the baseline. But he quickly gets a second chance and a tired looking Soderling dumps a tame forehand into the net to hand Nadal the chance to serve out the match

  3. 1-4 - Nadal races through a love service hold with an ace straight down the centre of the court to leave himself potentially just two games from the semi-finals now

  4. 1-3 - BREAK! Nadal has momentum firmly with him now as he breaks from deuce when Soderling fails to find the court with a forehand down the line

  5. 1-2 - A bizarre backhand chipped return of Soderling on the final point of the game that Nadal runs around and fires away for a forehand winner down the line to hold and sneak in front once again

  6. 1-1 - Soderling holds without too much trouble to level up this clash once again. Either Soderling's foot is hurting him more or his knee is because he seems to be shaking his leg an increasing amount

  7. 0-1 - Nadal holds to 15 for the opening game of the fourth set when Soderling sends a forehand slightly long down the line

  8. 6-7 - SET! And sure enough Nadal only need the one chance to take it when Soderling sends a forehand return of serve about two foot long of the baseline

  9. TB4-6 - Soderling sends a huge forehand well long of the baseline to hand Nadal two set points, the first of which will be on the Spaniard's serve ...

  10. TB2-4 - Rafa races up to a shorter ball from Soderling and fires off a blistering inside out cross court forehand to take the mini-break lead at the change of ends

  11. 6-6 - Credit to Nadal as he recovers his focus to hold to love and force the breaker in this third set. These two have played three tie-breaks and Soderling leads the head-to-heads 2-1

  12. 6-5 - Soderling takes full advantage of the shift in momentum in this third set and has raced through a serice hold to love that leaves Nadal serving to stay in it

  13. 5-5 - BREAK! Ridiculously the trainer was no-where to been seen for 10 minutes in that change of ends and Nadal had to wait for that and then the three minute injury timeout while Soderilng had his foot re-taped. And he promptly served a double fault to open while serving for the set. And Soderling goes on to break when Nadal hits a forehand into the net. In no way suggesting that was tactical, but it was ridiculous that Soderling was allowed to wait that long for the trainer at such a crucial time

  14. 4-5 - Soderling holds for the loss of just the one point before walking back to the chair and asking for the trainer. He has an existing problem with his foot and as he takes off his shoe and sock it looks as though that is the issue that he wants seeing to

  15. 3-5 - Nadal leaves himself potentially just one game away from the third set now as he holds with ease once again and Soderling will have to serve to stay in the set

  16. 3-4 - Soderling from deuce when Nadal can only slice a forehand return of serve into the bottom of the net. The Swede is just about clinging on in this set but his service games are really proving to be a struggle at the moment

  17. 2-4 - Nadal saves two break points, the second of which is with a vicious forehand down the line, before going on to hold and consolidate the break when Soderling sends a forehand return into the net

  18. 16:56 - The winner of this clash will face the winner of the match currently taking place on Centre Court where Jo-Wilfried Tsongas has just taken a first set 7-6(5) from Andy Murray To keep yourselves fully up to date on that match click here!

  19. 2-3 - BREAK! Poor from Soderling as he fires an inside out forehand about two metres long of the baseline on Nadal's first break point in the set. And he is furious with himself, rightly so, taking out his frustration on his racquet as he smashes it twice on the ground on the way back to the chair

  20. 2-2 - Nadal levels up once again. This match now has the feel of two players sounding each other out despite the fact we're in the third set. The first two sets were so off that it's almost like this match is starting again in the third

  21. 2-1 - Soderling holds to 30 once again with yet anther unreturnable serve out wide to keep his nose just in front in this third set

  22. 1-1 - Nadal holds to 30 when Soderling steps inside the baseline and fires a forehand about a foot long of the Spaniard's baseline. The Swede came up with a couple of cracking returns in that game though, one off each wing

  23. 1-0 - Soderling does well to recover from 0-30 down on his serve and go on to hold when Nadal sends an off-balance forehand into the net

  24. 3-6 - SET! Sure enough Nadal does serve out the second set, taking it to love with a series of heavy backhands down the line before going for the inside out cross court forehand that goes for a winner

  25. 3-5 - A quickfire service game from the Swede ends with an ace out wide and that will force Nadal to step up and serve for this second set

  26. 2-5 - Soderling swings a brilliant cross court backhand passing shot over the net and dips it just on to the line for a second point against the Nadal serve. But the Spaniard already has a game point and he takes it on the very next point with a forehand winner down the line. Soderling will have to serve to stay in this set

  27. 2-4 - A massive second serve straight down the centre of the court that turns out to be an ace and Soderling holds with ease once again. He is only winning 44 per cent of points behind his second serve though

  28. 1-4 - Much better serving from Nadal now as he comes up with an unreturnable second serve at 30-30 before an ace out wide seals the game to keep him a break in front in this second set

  29. 1-3 - Better from Soderling as he steadies the ship with a love service hold and his seventh ace of the match. Just what the Swede needed at this stage before this set got away from him completely

  30. 0-3 - Nadal races through another service hold with his first ace of the set, just his third of the match. That consolidates the break and Nadal really seems to have been fired up by that argument with the umpire

  31. 0-2 - BREAK! Nadal is clearly still not happy as he races out to a 0-40 lead against the Soderling serve when the Swede batters a huge double fault. The first goes begging when Nadal hits a forhand long but he gets it at the second attempt when Soderling sends another forehand long. The match is really bizarre so far - neither player can seem to find the court at the same time

  32. 0-1 - Soderling races to a 30-0 lead on Nadal's serve with some fierce hitting to the baseline. A couple of strong first-serves see Nadal level out to 30-30. There's a spot of controversy as a Soderling backhand drops supposedly long. It's called out and Nadal hits it but Soderling challenges and it is shown in. Despite Nadal hitting it though the point is awarded to the Swede and its a break point. Nadal is not happy and angrily saves it with a forehand winner before holding with a great serve

  33. 6-3 - SET! No mistakes this time around as Soderling serves out on his first set point when Nadal can only send a forehand return into the bottom of the net. What a bizarre set of tennis

  34. 5-3 - Wow! Such a shift in momentum as Nadal races through a service hold, comfortably his best so far today. And still Soderling doesn't have this first set wrapped up. He will have one more chance to serve for it though

  35. 5-2 - BREAK! Soderling saves a first break point when Nadal sends a backhand long of the baseline but a double fault, a poor double fault hands Nadal the break back and he is still in this set, incredibly

  36. 5-1 - Nadal finally holds to get off the mark but it's a really battling hold as he is pushed to deuce by Soderling. Still he gets it with a forehand winner and the Swede will have to serve for the set

  37. 5-0 - Another couple of aces from Soderling as he races through another service hold, this time to 30, and that incredibly leaves Nadal serving to stay in this first set after just 18 minutes

  38. 4-0 - BREAK! Nadal is looking really sluggish as he dumps a backhand into the bottom of the net, not just into the net, but into the absolute bottom of the net to hand Soderling a double break in this first set already

  39. 3-0 - Soderling races through another service hold to consolidate the early break, slamming down his second ace of the match in the process

  40. 2-0 - BREAK! Ouch! Not a great start from Nadal as Soderling breaks at the first attempt from deuce. The Swede denied Nadal a game point with a blistering inside out forehand winner across court before Rafa slapped down that double to concede

  41. 1-0 - An impressive start from Soderling as he holds to 15, the only blip being a double fault which gives Nadal his only point of the game

  42. 0-0 - Ok, so the players are ready to go and it will be Soderling to get the clash underway after winning the toss and opting to serve first ...

  43. 15:20 - Soderling on the other hand cruised through the early rounds of this tournament without dropping a set, before really being tested by ninth seed David Ferrer in the fourth round, where he eventually won in five sets

  44. 15:15 - Nadal has struggled a little so far at this year's Wimbledon however, being pushed to five-sets by Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner before he recovered to book his place in the quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

  45. 15:08 - The Swede also beat Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of last year, although that was a Rafa who was suffering both physically and mentally. And the Spaniard has bounced back since then, gaining revenge at Roland Garros this year in the final.

  46. 15:07 - They've actually met six times in total with Nadal leading the head-to-heads by four wins to one. Nadal won the first three comfortably before Soderling scored THAT win at the French Open last year.

  47. 15:03 - This is fast become one of those rivalries with these two players meeting four times in the past 13 months.

  48. 15:00 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from this quarter-finals clash between world number one Rafael Nadal and sixth seed Robin Soderling

Robin Söderling

Nationality SWE
Date of Birth 14/08/1984
Height 1.93 m
Weight 87 kg

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

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