23-seeded Robin Soderling will face a determined Roger Federer in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros tomorrow. Victory for Federer will not only complete a career grand slam with the Swiss having previously conquered the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. Federer has been this close before but fell short on three occasions, all three losses inflicted by Rafael Nadal.
Victory would also see Federer equal the great Pete Sampras’ landmark 14 Grand Slam titles. Such a fete could arguably render Federer the greatest all-time player but a certain Spaniard may have something to say about that in the coming years. For now Federer must focus on the task at hand. He showed great character today ni overcoming the considerable challenge of World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. In a thrilling contest which went all the way to the fifth round the 27-year-old recovered from early setbacks to clinch victory, 3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Federer will be high on confidence going into the final especially as he hasn’t the daunting prospect of another Nadal clash in Roland Garros but he will not underestimate the potential of Soderling. The Swede has performed immaculately throughout the contest outplaying the all time king of clay himself in the quarter finals. Either way the final promises to be captivating, if Soderling prevails it will go down as a major Grand Slam upset while a Federer triumph would re-write the history books and leave things delicately poised heading into Wimbledon.