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Soderling Withdraws From 2012 Australian Open

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Soderling© Getty ImagesSoderling won four titles before mononucleosis forced him out in July.

Former World No. 4 Robin Soderling has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues to battle mononucleosis, which has kept him out of action since July.

The Swede last played at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad, where he captured his 10th title. “I am very sorry for being away for so long and for not giving many updates but my recovery has been longer than expected,” Soderling wrote on his Facebook page. “I am feeling better with each day but it will still take some time before I can start practicing in full speed.”

The Swede is targeting a return in February. “My goal is to start with practice in January and I hope for a tournament comeback in February," Soderling said. "But at this stage, it is hard to know when and where. I hope my body will allow me to do that.”

Soderling was dominant to begin the 2011 season, winning 20 of his first 21 matches, highlighted by titles at Brisbane (d. Roddick), Rotterdam (d. Tsonga) and Marseille (d. Cilic). The 27 year old posted a 38-9 record.

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