Ladies and gents, the time has come for Bobby Sod to get his own picspam.
But first things first:
There are those out there who finds Soderling to be anti-social, cold, and the Voldemorte of tennis.
I see where they’re coming from – Soderling isn’t a friend-whore like Fed. Nor is he what you’d call an “endearing character” when his best claim to humor is a mispronunciation of the word “joke”.
But give him a second chance and you’ll find that there’s a thin like between “anti-social” and “shy”, “cold” and “calm”, “Darth Vader” and “Mr Dimples who likes jellybeans”.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Bobby Sod isn’t evil reincarnate, he’s just one of the most misunderstood players in tennis. Ahead of the Chennai Open this week, Soderling sat down with local media to discuss his game and his hopes for 2010.
“People often criticise me for not having off-court panache. If a colourful character is what they looking for, please don’t count me in. I am here to play tennis,” said the world No. 8.
“I can’t really care what others think of me and I don’t read newspapers. Perhaps I am not as outgoing as some players but I like it that way,” he explained.
On beating Federer in Abu Dhabi:
I think I learnt something after losing to him 12 times. We had a couple of close matches where, with a little luck, I could have won but the more times I played him the closer I came to beating him. I never went away from a Federer match feeling I played well. But that’s his skill.
And on what he hopes to achieve in 2010.
This year I don’t have any specific goal. If I concentrate on playing good tennis then I will win a few matches. I also hope to improve my ranking. I want do well at the Australian Open, and Chennai is an ideal platform to prepare for the big show.
Without further ado, as promised, it’s picspam time. Let Roger’s gorgeous hair ease the first shock…
… and have some baby fat to soften the blow.
It’s so wrong it’s right.
A few from his dorky emo-kid days.
Oh Rafa, oh Sod. You have no idea how much you made me LOL.
Dimples. Blue eyes. Dimpes. Blue eyes. Dimples. Dimples. Dimply pimply dimples.
You know you love him.