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Robin Soderling retires from tennis

 Robin Soderling

Former world number four Robin Soderling has retired from tennis after suffering glandular fever since 2011. The 31-year-old Swede, who became the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009, has not recovered sufficiently to return to the sport. Soderling reached the French Open finals of 2009 and 2010.

The Swede, who also reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open, had hoped to return to competitive action but has finally admitted defeat. Soderling played his final match in July, 2011, beating Spain's David Ferrer to win the Swedish Open in Bastad.