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Robin Soderling hopeful of 2016 comeback after five-year absence

Robin Soderling – who remains the only man ever to have beaten Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros – is hoping he will be able to return to the ATP Tour in 2016.
The two-time French Open finalist has not played competitively since July 2011 because of severe glandular fever, but has told BBC Radio 5 live of his optimism he still has “some good years” ahead.
“I’m actually finally doing a lot better,” says the 30-year-old Swede.
“I wouldn’t say I’m 100%, but not very far from it, which is a great feeling.”
He added: “Hopefully – if it continues to progress the way it has been – then maybe, it’s tough to say, but maybe six months or a year from now I can hopefully start to train 100%.
“My goal was to play a long career and to play until I was way over 30. If I can become healthy, I still feel that I have some good years in me. Look at the way the players on the tour are performing now at a high age – that gives me a little bit of hope.”
Soderling famously beat Nadal in four sets in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open and went on to finish as the runner-up to Roger Federer. He again reached the final in Paris 12 months later, where Nadal took the opportunity to exact his revenge.
The Swede says he started to develop a light fever and a sore throat during the 2011 Wimbledon Championships but rallied a couple of weeks later to beat David Ferrer in a final in Bastad, Sweden. That was the 10th title of a burgeoning career, and yet it remains his most recent appearance on the ATP Tour.
Soderling was just 26 at the time and admits to feeling bitter about the illness which has robbed him of arguably the best years of his career.

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