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Federer to play at Stockholm Open

Federer to play at Stockholm Open

Published: 17 Aug 2010 11:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Aug 2010 11:53 GMT+02:00

Swiss tennis star and former men's world number one, Roger Federer will play at this year's Stockholm Open, tournament organizers have confirmed.

The 29-year-old, who was a late withdrawal in 2008, said that he felt he owed the Stockholm public his attendance.

"I was supposed to play two years ago but my schedule was too tough. This year I have organized a better schedule which means that I will be well prepared...I keep my promises," he said.

Federer is the most decorated men's player in the history of the game with 16 grand slam titles. But one of the titles missing from his list of achievements is the Stockholm Open and he on Monday expressed his determination to correct that omission.

"The competition has fine traditions with winners such as Borg, Edberg, Becker and Agassi and I also want my name engraved on the trophy," he said from Cincinnati where he is bidding to reclaim top spot in the world rankings this week.

One of the challengers which Federer will face in the Swedish capital is local favourite Robin Söderling, who has established himself in the elite of world tennis in recent months. Söderling has not won the title either and will alongside Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych be vying to upset Federer's Stockholm ambition.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:20 August 17, 2010 by Audrian
It will make the Swedish open worth watching. It is the second best players and local heros who were participating in Swedish open. The best players go to the like of Dubai and other known opens, e.g., France, Britain, Australia, US and China, where the winner is paid more than one million dollars against a tenth of it in Sweden. Federers schedule never get crowded when it comes to well paying competitions. Now he is in declining!
13:41 August 17, 2010 by Oliver (Swedish Institute)
Agassi never won the Stockholm Open, he reached the final in 2004 but lost to Thomas Johansson. Get your facts straight, mister Federer! Or has Federer been misquoted?
16:18 August 17, 2010 by Iri
Why you are jealous with Fedrer, don,t talk or write rubbish. Game is game whether and whatever it is, and everyone is competing for the title. So it does not matter if lose or he is declining bla bla bla,,,,,,,,,
09:19 August 18, 2010 by hugedingleberry
Federer is a spaniard's boy toy. Nadal tickles his nether regions and follows up with an ace or two. Put him in a stew and make paella. Ahh Caramba!
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