IF STOCKHOLM OPEN
Fresh Federer Raring To Go In Stockholm, Reaches Match Milestone
by ATP Staff|
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