The effect of beating Nadal in Paris

Updated: May 31, 2011, 4:18 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Two years ago this Tuesday, Robin Soderling authored one of the greatest upsets in tennis history.

The smooth-swinging Swede ended Rafael Nadal's 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros in a fourth-round match. Soderling, the unheralded No. 23 seed, came out of virtually nowhere to reach the final. He remains the only man to beat Rafa at Roland Garros.

Much has been made of how that victory altered the landscape in men's tennis. It allowed Roger Federer, who beat Soderling ...

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