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Soderling confirms split with coach

ESPN staff
December 2, 2010
Robin Soderling reached a career-high ranking last month © Getty Images

World No. 5 Robin Soderling has parted company with his coach Magnus Norman.

Norman, a former world No. 2, helped Soderling break into the world top ten and reach two grand slam finals, and most recently win his first Masters title in Paris.

In a statement on the player's website, Soderling confirmed he would not continue working with Norman in 2011, who has decided to pursue new projects and "focus on his personal life", but insisted the pair would remain friends.

"I have had the two best years of my career so far with Magnus as a coach, and I am very thankful for the commitment that he has shown during this period of time," Soderling said.

"It would have been fun and exciting to continue, but I have reached a point in my career where I need a coach who can put in the time necessary, and focus 100% on my tennis. Which is why I still feel as if this is the right decision for us both, and we part as good friends."

"I look back on a fun and fantastic 26-month long period of time together with Robin," Norman said. "I want to thank Robin for the faith he has had in me to take care of his career, a responsibility I have tried to manage in the best way possible."

Soderling is expected to name his new coach within the next few days.

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