Federer, Djokovic, Roddick in Loaded Basel Field; ATP Previews
Swiss Indoors Basel
Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Roddick, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Marin Cilic, Ivan Ljubicic, John Isner
Floaters: (WC) Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Sam Querrey, David Nalbandian, Florian Mayer, Richard “Baby Fed” Gasquet, Michael Llodra, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis
Notes: The world No. 2 Federer heads a loaded field, looking to take the homecountry title he lost to Djokovic in the 2009 final; openers of interest are (4) Roddick vs. Querrey in an all-American, (7) Ljubicic vs. the hot-handed Mayer, (8) Isner vs. Llodra, and (2) Djokovic vs. Gulbis; Berdych is at a career-high No. 6, but hasn’t won a title this year and is looking at Gasquet 2nd rd.; Roddick needs a good result to help reach the year-end Masters; Federer is 33-7 in Basel with three career titles; the Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles, with a 17-3 career Basel record and three titles; former champs in the field are Djokovic (2009), Federer (2008-06), and Nalbandian (2002).
Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, David Ferrer, Mikhail Youzhny, Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael “Force” Monfils
Floaters: Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Stan Wawrinka
Notes: Murray is 5-0 at the event after defeating Youzhny in last year’s final; Soderling makes his debut at the event which switched to indoor hardcourt from clay last year; Murray opens against F-Lo, and (4) Ferrer against G-Lo, and (8) Monfils second round vs. Wawrinka; former champs in the field are Murray (2009), Ferrer (2008), Nicolas Almagro (2007-06), and Verdasco (2004).
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