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Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

I am at a press conference held by If Stockholm Open, they just announced that they have signed Federer and Nalbandian for this year's edition of the tournament

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Good to see he's adding another optional, in case the points race gets tight.
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Estoril, Stockholm... Play the Geneva challenger as well Roger
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Re: Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

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Estoril, Stockholm... Play the Geneva challenger as well Roger
Maybe now people will stop bitching about Roger not playing enough optionals. But I suppose until they actually see him there they won't believe it.

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his schedule will be crazy in october ! he doesn't like that normally. 4 tournaments in 4 weeks : that's stupid !
maybe he is more worried about his first place than what he says ...
but that's not good for his body.
i don't like that at all ...
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Re: Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

As I wrote in the general forum, he'll probably play Stockholm and Madrid, then bow out of Basel due to exhaustion and then play Paris.
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Why play Stockholm over Basel? Plus I thought he was under contract with Basel

Utter nonsense...
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Re: Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

He won't drop Basel.

Stockholm is a weird desicion, though. Why sign up now, he can always sign up later/get a WC if he sees it is getting tight on points for the Year end number 1.
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Weird desicion

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Indeed, he's sending the signal that "I'm doing everything to defend my No.1 ranking".

It's Roger's era, and I am lucky to witness it!
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Re: Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

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Indeed, he's sending the signal that "I'm doing everything to defend my No.1 ranking".
Sure looks like that!

Which is weird for now, as the season has only just started - Stockholm is WAY away from now, there's first Dubai/IW/Miami AND the whole clay court season coming up - why not wait and see how he'll be doing there first before signing up to an optional in October?

As much as I like him to play more optionals, it sure sounds like there's a bit of panicking going on in the Fed camp. Hope I'm wrong about this, of course.

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Why play Stockholm over Basel? Plus I thought he was under contract with Basel

Utter nonsense...
Sentimental reasons aside, the timing of Basel is very inconvenient.
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Re: Federer and Nalbandian to play Stockholm Open

We don't know he'll drop Basel.

There's no way that would be this choice, I don't see Roger making a choice like that, I just don't.
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Which is weird for now, as the season has only just started - Stockholm is WAY away from now, there's first Dubai/IW/Miami AND the whole clay court season coming up - why not wait and see how he'll be doing there first before signing up to an optional in October?
Well, if he does nothing or very little in Dubai/IW/Miami/on clay, Stockholm will be useless (is this what are you hoping for?).
It's obvious that he'll not be winning all hc events this year. Thus, maintaining his ranking without playing (preferably winning) 5 optionals is impossible.
Btw, WCs are not always available. In 1998 Sampras had to borrow a WC from Becker.

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Perhaps the Stockholm TD offered him a very nice pay cheque indeed.
I don't think money is a deciding factor for Roger to arrange his schedule. If this would be the case he would surely play more tournaments a year

The tournament in Stockholm is celebrating its 40th year anniversary and his decision to participate there this year has maybe to do with it
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