Robin Soderling, who famously became the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has finally called it a day after fighting glandular fever for four years.
The former world number four from Sweden has retired from professional tennis early this week. The 31-year-old, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, had not played an ATP World Tour event since 2011.
He contracted infectious mononucleosis, a viral illness also known as glandular fever, in 2011.
I have realised that I will not be healthy enough to be able to play tennis at the level I demand of myself, Soderling told tennis.se.
For that reason I have decided to end my career as a professional tennis player.In 2009 he ended Nadals domination at Roland Garros with a fourth round win, only to lose to Roger Federer in the final, which was also the Swiss maestros only title there.
Until Novak Djokovic defeated Nadal in the 2015 quarter-finals, Soderling was the only player to have beaten the Spaniard at Roland Garros.
In an ATP career spanning a decade, Soderling won 10 career titles including the 2010 Paris Masters.