Soderling ends amazing Federer run
A colossal tennis match, full of heavyweight hitting with lines being struck consistently by both men, ended with a fully deserved first win in 13 attempts for Robin Soderling over Roger Federer.
It brought one of the most amazing streaks in sport crashing down.
After reaching the semi-finals or better in his last 23 Grand Slam championships, this was Federer's earliest defeat at a major since the French Open of 2004.
I hope this sequence is never forgotten - it will almost certainly never be repeated - because it's the ultimate statistical record of Federer's dominance, fitness and ability to peak at the right time.
On the day he was outhit by an inspired Soderling who, after beating Rafael Nadal last year to end the Spaniard's unbeaten record at Roland Garros, returned to the same court for the second year to unseat the defending champion.
The world number one started superbly. He knew Soderling's game plan would be instant aggression, first hits in rallies, so he simply had to get in there first.
With supreme trust in his own ability, Federer hit 12 winners in the first 18 minutes.
It was Federer at his soaring, jumbo-jet best, and by that stage it already looked the match of the tournament. From there it was never in danger of being anything less.
The rain delays proved crucial and Soderling undoubtedly dealt with them more confidently. At such a pivotal point, 5-5 in the third set, it was all going to be about who restarted the better.
And even though Federer won the opening point to move to 40-15 in that game, he lost four points in a row from there, including a dire double fault at deuce, and the Swede was in front, never to look back.
Soderling had lost all 12 of his previous serious matches with Federer but, however much pundits love their head-to-head records, current form should always count for more.
Having seen quite a bit of Soderling here in Paris this year, especially his dismantling of Marin Cilic in the last round, I have to confess to having a sneaky, metaphorical wager on the Swede (and yes I did say that on the radio, before you start throwing hindsight around!)
It means we won't get a Federer v Nadal final - they're leaving that to Wimbledon; it means Nadal can edge closer to regaining the number one ranking; and it means Soderling is now a genuine major championship contender.
How can he not be after a performance like that?