ROGER FEDERER - ROBIN SODERLING
Federer is a true champion and knows how to win and lose with equal good grace. It is a sign of what esteem he is held in, that whilst we all like to cheer for the underdog, almost everyone wants Fed-ex to win this and the career Grand Slam, in what would be his 14th major victory, bringing him level all time with Pete Sampras.
RF wants this desperately and it maybe be very difficult, for even such a great champion to recover, if he fails to claim the crown this afternoon. I think he will win, but also that all the pressure is on him and am sure he will be very nervous. In an interview yesterday he admitted that it was a long time since he had felt so uneasy before a big final.
Soderling has played incredibly well for two weeks, at his absolute peak, he has nothing to lose and although it will be him against Federer and 15,000 Parisians, I do feel that he is not the type to freeze and that he will push the favourite all the way.
I am taking the Swiss superstar to succeed, but with the loss of a set or two.
5 points Federer to win 3-1 sets 3.60 exchanges.
1.5 points Federer to win 3-2 sets 6.80 exchanges.