5/2/11 2:09 PM | Johan Lindahl
The coaching arrangement between Swede Robin Soderling and Italian Claudio Pistolesi has gone sour, with the pair splitting on the eve of the Madrid Masters.
Pistolesi had replaced Magnus Norman late last year in the camp of the world No. 5.
Both the ATP and Soderling's agent confirmed that the trial run was over. Soderling's tennis has gone off the boil over the part month after racing away at the start for the season to three titles in four events at Brisbane, Rotterdam and Marseille.
But an Achilles tendon injury and illness in March slowed the juggernaut, with Soderling off to a poor effort on clay with the French Open start approaching on May 22 for the two-time finalist at Roland Garros.
Soderling went down last week in the Estoril quarter-finals to Juan Del Potro, with the Swede complaining that he had lost the feel for his game. Soderling's camp indicated that while the arrangement had worked out from the start, there were differences of opinion which eventually led to the parting.
Unlike Scot Andy Murray, who has happily gone along without a coach since last summer, Soderling's handlers say the search for a new mentor is already on. Soderling begins in Madrid in the second round against Santiago Giraldo having won just a single clay match from three starts.
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