• Federer, Soderling headline field in Stockholm

    10/17/10 11:01 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Federer, Soderling headline field in Stockholm Newly-reinstated world No. 2 Roger Federer will make his return to the IF Stockholm Open, seeded first at the ATP World Tour 250 event in Sweden. Hometown Robin Soderling enters as the second seed.

    Top seed Roger Federer is taking part in his second IF Stockholm Open this week, set to lead a group of 28 hard-court capable talents in Sweden. The 29-year-old Swiss, who regained the world No. 2 ranking from Novak Djokovic last week, signals his immediate return to competition after a runner-up finish to world No. 4 Andy Murray in Shanghai.

    Federer, seeded directly ahead of world No. 5 Robin Soderling, begins the tournament with a 48-11 season record. The 16-time Grand Slam champion looks to pocket his third ATP World Tour crown of the season, adding to championship-winning runs at the Australian Open and Cincinnati.

    The No. 1 seed is located in the same half of the draw that contains a host of hard-court forces, including (4) Ivan Ljubicic, (5) Stanislas Wawrinka, and (8) Tommy Robredo. Additional combatants in Federer’s section are: Arnaud Clement, Taylor Dent, Robin Haase, Jan Hajek, Tobias Kamke, Olivier Rochus and Andreas Seppi,

    After an opening-round bye, Federer will open his campaign against either Dent or Michael Przysiezny. With successful entry into the next round, he looks to a likely quarterfinal-round clash with 5th-seeded compatriot Wawrinka. Movement into the semifinal sets the Swiss for a meeting with 4th seed Ljubicic or 8th seed Robredo.

    Soderling leads a potentially tricky section of the draw that houses (3) Tomas Berdych, (6) Feliciano Lopez and (7) Thomaz Bellucci. Other players in the Swede’s half are Benjamin Becker, Michael Berrer, James Blake, Florian Mayer and Jarkko Nieminen.

    Like Federer, Soderling has been given a bye in the first round. The closest seed to the Swede is the sixth-seeded Lopez, who looms as a likely opponent in the quarterfinal. Should the seeds hold through the draw, Soderling would face Berdych for a place in the final.

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if what?

RickyDimon , 10/18/10 12:20 AM

what if?

croc , 10/18/10 10:28 AM

does federer have a reason to show up?

croc , 10/18/10 10:30 AM

Yes, for all of us who have bought tickets!

bjawad , 10/18/10 12:44 PM

Good to see Roger & Rafa (alternates) appearing in "small" events for the fans!...... for sure NOT necessarily for the points nor prize!

McQ , 10/18/10 3:52 PM

I think it's the same reason Rafa showed up in Bangkok. For intrance fees or tune up for the upcoming tournaments.

bolbol , 10/18/10 4:48 PM

I didn't notice that Roger mentioned the reason already

"I was considering either playing the week before Shanghai or the week after.
But I felt like I owed Stockholm to come back there. Good friends with Bjorkman and Johansson, who run the tournament there now. Disappointment of pulling out there a couple years ago. That was the decision behind that. I hope also by playing Stockholm, this was half indoor tournament already, which is good for what's to come now. I hope it's going to help me playing well in Basel, Paris and then London. Still a lot of points to pick up and many important events for me.?


bolbol , 10/18/10 6:33 PM

"Good friends with Bjorkman"

He out to be after Dorkman made an a** out of himself with his recent remarks about Rafa and kissing fed's butt!

fan4tennis , 10/18/10 9:12 PM

@ Fan4tennis : He made the decision of participation before bjorkman's remarks, so there is no need to link between this incident and their friendship from Roger's perspective.

bolbol , 10/18/10 9:13 PM

bolbol, read my post and you'll see it says he OUGHT to be (even tho I mispelled it originally). fed didn't JUST become friends with Dorkman.

fan4tennis , 10/18/10 9:36 PM

oh sorry fan4tennis for the misconception

bolbol , 10/19/10 2:53 AM

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