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Federer to play at Stockholm Open

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

Federer to play at Stockholm Open

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.

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TENNIS

Del Potro defends Stockholm Open title for 20th career crown

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro won the Stockholm Open for the second year in a row on Sunday.

Del Potro defends Stockholm Open title for 20th career crown
Juan Martin del Potro. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Del Potro beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to retain his Stockholm ATP title.

He thereby climbs to 14th in the race to the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London while Dimitrov, who was top seed in Sweden, sits in fifth place.

The 29-year-old Argentine served nine aces and remained unbroken in a display of power to cruise past the Bulgarian in 1hr 25mins.

“I played the best match of the week against Grigor today,” Del Potro said.

“It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy. And hopefully I can come next year as well.”

After an injury-hit late season Del Potro made the Shanghai semi-finals last week before clinching his first title of the season on the indoor hard courts and the 20th of his career.

The Stockholm Open was first held in 1969 and has been played every year since.