May 2009:

Nadal's shadow

From 2005 to the start of Roland Garros 2009, Rafael Nadal won 150 matches for only 5 losses on clay. He has never lost a match at Roland Garros where he’s playing for a fifth consecutive title, which has never been done before.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova:

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The future was bright for Svetlana Kuznetsova when she won the US Open in 2004. But she never fullfilled her potential, and had just reached one Grand Slam final since.
With the help of new coach Larissa Neiland, she refocused on her game, and put her career back on track. She battled past Serena Williams and Sam Stosur in quarter and semi finals, but Safina was no match for the powerful and versatile Kuznetsova.

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From Nadal‘s shocking defeat against Soderling to Safina‘s collapse in final, FO 09 was full of surprises and upsets. Here’s a quick recap of last year’s Roland Garros in 9 photos.

Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal - French Open 2009

“Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories.”

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