SEOpen: Soderling and Gonzalez Trade Choice Words
March 30, 2010 · Print This Article
Key Biscayne, Fla—During the second set of the fourth-round match between Fernando Gonzalez and Robin Soderling, the feisty pair traded choice words after the Swede sailed a forehand long to tie the match at a set a piece.
While approaching the bench to rest between changeovers, Gonzalez told Soderling—”I’m talking to you, if you have a problem, come and say it to my face, don’t talk in Swedish.”
The altercation allegedly began when Soderling questioned a few line calls by Gonzalez during the second set. Gonzalez responded by giving Soderling a thumbs up after he hit a forehand long.
The altercation ended with an unsportsmanlike handshake after Soderling struck his final service winner.
Gonzalez will remain in Miami until Saturday, when he will take part in his “Champions for Chile” event. Soderling will next face Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday for a place in the semifinals.