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Mixed fortunes in Stockholm

Switzerland's George Bastl suffers first round defeat in Stockholm Keystone

Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer, is through to the second round of the ATP tournament in Stockholm after a three-set win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. His compatriot, George Bastl, was soundly beaten by another Russian, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Seventh-seeded Federer beat the 18-year-old Muscovite 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. It was the teenagers’ first match against each other.

Youzhny, who is ranked 110th in the world rankings, was recently beaten by Switzerland’s Marc Rosset in Moscow’s Kremlin Cup, and was not expected to fare any better against Federer.

The Basel player will need to put in some good performances this week if he’s to finish the year as Swiss number one. The latest world rankings, released on Monday, saw Federer dropping to 31st – three places behind Rosset.

Meanwhile, the Swiss number three, Bastl, who has slipped to 95th in the world, was beaten 2-6, 2-6 by Kafelnikov.

It was the first time Bastl has played Kafelnikov, currently ranked fifth in the world and the former Australian and French Open winner.

The Stockholm Open marks the penultimate round of the ATP Tour and the last competition of the year for the two Swiss men.

The season comes to an end next week with the Masters Cup in Lisbon. None of the top Swiss players has qualified for the exclusive eight-man tournament.

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