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Johansson Makes Return In Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Johansson© ATPJoachim Johansson reached a career-high No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

After a two-year absence, Sweden's Joachim Johansson returns to the ATP World Tour at this week's If Stockholm Open. The former World No. 9 qualified for the main draw on Monday and will battle Colombian Alejandro Falla in the first round. The 2004 US Open semi-finalist retired from the tour in 2011.

In other action, Stockholm sixth seed Benoit Paire defeated Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round, joining Igor Sijsling and Pablo Carreno Busta, who won their respective matches.

David Ferrer is the If Stockholm Open's top seed, followed in order by Canada's Milos Raonic, Poland's Jerzy Janowicz and South African Kevin Anderson. Raonic can earn valuable points this week as he tries to improve his 11th position in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

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