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Spain supports Nadal after loss

Updated: June 1, 2009, 10:27 AM ET
Reuters

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal's shock defeat to Robin Soderling at Roland Garros drew widespread sympathy from his supporters back in Spain, who generally put it down to an off day.

The world No. 1, who was seeking a record fifth consecutive title, crashed to a fourth-round 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) defeat to the Swedish 23rd seed.

Emilio Sanchez Vicario, who captained Spain's Davis Cup team to victory over Argentina last year, watched the game on television from Barcelona.

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