Damn you got really good info. I was worried for a while but seeing that he is practicing everyday it seems like very likely he will give Sthlm a shot.
Monfils is probably out and who knows about Delpo. Would be pretty crazy if Robin can go deep and would mean the world to him after all the recent setbacks. Just hope the crowd doesn't get disappointed if he crashes out early because everyone might not be aware of how long he's been away from tennis.
Nice that he practices with Björkman. Should teach him more volley technique and maybe some doubles tricks if Soderling has to play DC doubles in 2012 (hope not)
Happy to see/read him back practicing. I'd also say he should give Stockholm a shot if he feels fit enough to play. And as you said, even if he loses he won't lose points, but if he gets far he could make some points for next year (if he doesn't defend Brisbane and/or Marseille).
Another reason would be that he wouldn't be THAT rusty if he came back in Valencia and already played at least one match. We see that every year at the Canada Masters how rusty the top guys are after this long break and Robin was ill so he'd be even more rusty / probably not fit enough for grueling 3-setters (although these don't happen that often in the indoor season, courts are at least a bit faster except Valencia).
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