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Soderling gets switched

Roger Federer will kick start his French Open campaign against a qualifier or lucky loser after his original first round opponent Sweden's Robin Soderling was made 33rd seed following the withdrawal of 11th-rank Joachim Johansson due to an right elbow injury on Friday.

Soderling will now meet Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the first round at Roland Garros, which starts on Monday.

Speaking exclusively to Eurosport, Federer said: "I've been confident every year coming to the French Open, it just happens that the last few years it hasn't seemed to work."

"But hopefully Tony [Roche] can get me physically and mentally prepared and of course having him around has helped with his experience."

Federer reached the 2001 quarter-finals in Paris, but has since then won just three matches here.

Roche who is coaching Federer on a part-time basis this year told Eurosport, "Obviously he's had a pretty good preparation coming into the French.

"Winning Hamburg was a big bonus because he'd only played one other tournament on clay and then was injured.

"So it was important that he got some good matches in Hamburg, which he did, and he's come in here pretty fresh.

"He does a lot of things the right way. We've dealt with a few minor things that he can improve on," the 1966 champion and two-time finalist said.

"He'll just play his own game, he's got a lot of variety to his game. That is the advantage he has over the other players so he has to use that. He's not just a one dimensional player."

SODERLING SURPRISE

Johansson's injury has taken Soderling away from a first round encounter with Federer.

The Swede, world number 35, told Eurosport, "Well I think I played pretty well in Hamburg last week when I beat David Nalbandian in the first round. A couple of tournaments before I didn't play so well, but clay isn't my favourite surface.

"I still think I played well and I've been pracitsing good so hopefully I can get into the tournament.

"I haven't really worked on anything specific for the tournament. I've worked really hard on my fitness the last six months and I feel a lot stronger and faster right now."

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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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I hope Fed doesn't draw a tough opponent.
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Re: Joachim Johansson withdraws from French Open

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OH HE BETTER NOT GET JAMES BLAKE!!!!!! (assuming James qualifies on Saturday).

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And there goes another fave.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I'm sure she meant HER personal fave, not RG's fave.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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JesusFed will face a LL then

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saved himself of playing 1 match

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It won't necessarily be a lucky loser it could be a bone fide qualifier. All the qualifiers and lucky losers go into the same hat and and any qualifier place in the draw could be drawn by a lucky loser.

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Re: Joachim Johansson withdraws from French Open

There are quite a few qualifiers who could give Federer a tougher match than Soderling would have although i very much doubt any of them have anything close to a chance of beating him.

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Pim Pim , at RG ...
I think he ment his fave player...look at his sig

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I think he ment his fave player...look at his sig
Yes, I meant a personal fave, not RG fave . I know he would have been lucky to reach a 2 or 3 round.

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Boy, JJohansson seems to be injured a lot. Too bad for him.



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Shame.

Hopefully he'll be ready for all that comes post-clay.
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