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  1. jesna
    jesna November 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |

    Great piece, thank you all. Soderling has enough of quiet charm (I know, I know- but look at his smile :)) and his strokes so much pop that his absence is really felt. For me Soderling in a draw always means a possibility of something interesting to happen and half a joy is in anticipation.

    Lindsay – you marveled at Nadal and Federer’s fan missing Soderling- a Rafa fan in me always jumped for joy at the prospect of those two competing, because I thought Soderling would go for it and Nadal would be extra alert, thus ensuring an enjoyable match. I had a feeling that it was Soderling who woke Nadal up from that bad dream he was having during the first week of 2011 Roland Garros.

    1. Lindsay
      Lindsay November 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm |

      “Quiet charm” is a perfect way to put it, Jesna! And I agree– players like Sod are necessary because they are always going to Challenge the top players. That’s so important, and really missed.

  2. Fernando
    Fernando November 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |

    Fernando says very informative, well researched and insightful. Bravo! The Changeover is keeping things interesting in the off season.

    Evil Sod is greatly missed. A big hitter with sizzle and an attitude and one of the few capable of taking out any of the big 4 on a given day. And if you believe The Federinas lament that the surfaces are being homogenized into molasses, then Sod ‘s stock was on the rise before he became he got sick, no? Weaknesses are movement and lack of variety in his game. And he needs time to swing which he why he has such a poor record against Maestro who takes time away from opponents like no other. His illness is quite puzzling

    I am Fernando @vivafernando. P.S.

    Mr. Jose, you are wise to copyright General Sod. The Tignor brazenly stole The Tinman moniker for Berdych from Fernando.

    1. Amy
      Amy November 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

      Fernando, I’m so glad you check in here at the Changeover. It’s great to have you! And thank you for all the kind words.

    2. Lindsay
      Lindsay November 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm |

      I agree with Amy, Fernando–great to have you around!

    3. Juan José
      Juan José November 30, 2012 at 5:39 am |

      I am very glad Fernando enjoyed that! I agree on your assessment of the General’s game. He really struggled to get back on the offensive after being forced to scramble, and that’s the kind of player Federer loves to torture. It’s funny how the slowing of the surfaces actually enabled these big guys to shine, since it gives them a little bit more time to return serve, a little more time to get to balls they would normally miss, and most importantly, a little bit more time to set up and be aggressive with their shots.

      About the copyright issue, I was actually giving credit where credit is due: C-Note came up with that nickname when Forty Deuce was still alive, so I just linked to her Dictionary.

      I am sad to hear about the great Tinman nickname being stolen from Fernando. A truly unfortunate event!

  3. Matt V
    Matt V November 29, 2012 at 6:13 am |

    Fernando’s presence makes everything better. Great write up on Soderling, btw.

    1. Amy
      Amy November 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm |

      Thanks, Matt!

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