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Fresh Federer Raring To Go In Stockholm, Reaches Match Milestone

Stockholm, Sweden

Roger Federer played a tie-break with a ballgirl Tuesday against Ivan Ljubicic and another ballkid.© Getty ImagesRoger Federer played a tie-break with a ballgirl Tuesday against Ivan Ljubicic and another ballkid.

Roger Federer is certainly not ready to call time on the 2010 ATP World Tour season, declaring at a press gathering on Tuesday in Stockholm that he is raring to go in his final four tournaments.

“Physically I’m feeling good, and mentally I have a lot left in me. I don’t feel like it’s the end of the year. I intend to make it fun for myself,” said the Swiss, who will finish his season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Federer is in the Swedish capital to compete at the If Stockholm Open for the first time in 10 years. “It's a combination of factors behind a decision like this. I love playing tennis and love playing tournaments and haven't played here in 10 years,” said Federer, who this week returned to No. 2 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings after reaching the Shanghai final (l. to Murray).

“I was supposed to have played here two years ago but had a bad back. I thought it would be fun to come back to Stockholm, and the fact that Thomas [Johansson] and Jonas [Bjorkman] are in charge makes it extra special."

The 29-year-old Federer will play his 900th tour-level match when he faces American Taylor Dent in his opening match Thursday (726-173). He is the first active player to reach that milestone, and has never retired in a match during his career.

Here is a look back at the milestone matches he’s played:

Match    Tournament  Result                            Round
No. 1     1998 Gstaad  lost to Lucas Arnold Ker  First
No. 100  2000 Stockholm def. Mikhail Youzhny  First
No. 200  2002 Miami  lost to Andre Agassi  Final
No. 300  2003 Halle  def. Fernando Vicente  Second
No. 400  2004 Gstaad  def. Potito Starace  SF
No. 500  2005 US Open  def. Andre Agassi  Final
No. 600  2006 Basel  def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Second
No. 700  2008 Miami  lost to Andy Roddick  QF
No. 800  2009 Roland Garros def. Jose Acasuso  Second

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