1 Jun 2009

Swede 23rd seed knocks Rafa out of French Open

6:43 am on 1 June 2009

Four-times champion Rafael Nadal has been knocked out in the fourth round of the French tennis Open by Sweden's Robin Soderling.

Nadal bowed out of the clay court tournament he has dominated for years in four sets, 6-2 6-7 6-4 7-6.

The world number one had not lost a match at Roland Garros since his debut on the claycourt grand slam in 2005.