|Posted on September 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM|
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Robin Soderling, Nikolay Davydenko, Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youzhny visited the KLCC Park on Tuesday after completing round table interviews.
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Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010
Precious Tour points at stake in the Malaysian Open
For an ATP 250 event, Kuala Lumpur boasts a ridiculously strong field with four of the world's top nine as the tour hits Asia ahead of next month's Shanghai Masters.
Top seed Soderling will be looking for a good week to strengthen his challenge for a place at the ATP World Finals. Ranked five in the world, the Swede is in a strong position at the moment after a consistent year which has seen him make a second French Open final and the quarters of Wimbledon and the US Open. Always dangerous indoors with his huge flat groundstrokes, Soderling will be aiming for better than last year's semi-final in Kuala Lumpur.
Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych is seeded third and could clash with Soderling in the last four. After such sensational performances on the clay and grass, Berdych ran out of gas on the American cement and he'll be looking for a strong finish to the year to seal his place in London. However he is likely to face big hitting Denis Istomin in round two, a tough opener for the Czech.
Nikolay Davydenko won this event last year but a 2010 season which initially promised much, has been blighted by injury for the Russian and he's not looked the same player since recovering from a broken wrist. Lets hope the indoor season sees Davydenko regain his mojo.
The player most likely to come through the bottom half is Mikhail Youzhny, rejuvenated after a stunning run to the US Open semi-finals.