• Soderling splits with Pistolesi on eve of Madrid event

    5/2/11 2:09 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Soderling splits with Pistolesi on eve of Madrid event 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.

    Find the latest tennis odds at

Tell a friend »


Dear or dear.....I guess Pistolesi could not guarantee Rafa's scalp for the Sod to salivate over........

rafaisthebest , 5/2/11 2:29 PM

alarming news for Sod who has so many points to defend...just think of his runner up points at RG...who knows, Ferrer may end up to be new No5 soon...well, definitely not the right time to lay off Pistolesi...I knew something was going on with Sod ever since he started that story how he can beat Rafa...I could smell his fear...

natashao , 5/2/11 5:12 PM

I like Rafa's approach, let his racket does the talking. Poor Sod can say what he wants, but I see his game is not in good state now, dealing with injury and doing away with a coach at the same time. He works hard to be where he is now, at no.5 and even get to no.4, but all these may go away quickly from him. Poor soul, I don't dislike him even he did beat Rafa at RG in 2009. I hope he can solve his problems asap and get his game back on track.

luckystar , 5/2/11 5:23 PM

That's why U.Toni tells Rafa that if he loses it's no one else's fault but his own. The thing is, Sod won those 3 titles this year with litle competition, now that he is having to play the big boys it's not such an easy ride.

I think it's a little bit unfair to the coach who in general get too much of the credit and too much of the blame.

nadline , 5/2/11 5:28 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

Unibet Mobile prematch,live betting

Unibet Mobile betting Unibet Mobile betting

Scan QR code to access Unibet mobile.
Bet on Sports wherever you are and whenever you like, with Unibet's quick and simple mobile client you can place bets, check results and see live odds.
 For more info about QR codes & scanners click here.

ATP Calendar


Recommend Tennistalk

Follow us

Follow Tennistalk on Facebook Follow Tennistalk on Twitter

Tell a friend

Your name:

Friend's name:

Friend's email:

Other tennis links