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Robin Soderling wins the BNP Paribas Masters in 2010.

Soderling Announces Retirement

Swede formally retires after long layoff

Robin Soderling, formerly No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has retired from professional tennis. Soderling announced his retirement via Twitter on Wednesday.

The Tibro, Sweden native had not taken part in an ATP World Tour event since 2011 due to mononucleosis. In his 10 years on tour, Soderling compiled a 310-170 match record and captured 10 ATP World Tour titles.

A big server equally comfortable on fast indoor courts and on outdoor clay, he enjoyed his best results in Paris, France. At Roland Garros, he made history by handing Rafael Nadal his first loss at the event in 2009 and upset Roger Federer on the same court in 2010. Later that year, Soderling secured his lone ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Masters.

The 31 year old ended his ATP World Tour career with a win. Soderling entered the 2011 Bastad tournament as the top seed and defeated David Ferrer in the final before being forced to the sidelines.

Magnus Norman, who coached Soderling to consecutive Roland Garros finals, and Christian Lindell, who was in the draw for his final tournament, took to Twitter to pay homage to their compatriot:

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