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I didn’t think Roger Federer could make such a rousing return to the ATP tennis circuit but he sure has done so this week. Today he handily beat up on Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 and in the final he’ll take on Andy Murray, a straight set victor over Juan Monaco.

Federer’s played brilliantly all week in this his first tournament since that US Open semifinal loss to Novak, got revenge on the Serb today.

Again Murray, though, he’s done 5-7 in the rivalry and Murray beat him in Toronto 5 and 5.

It should be a great final and I’m glad to see Roger back and in form so quickly!

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Can you believe, the 2010 pro tennis season is starting in just about a week. The year kicks off with events in Abu Dhabi – an exo! – plus the Hopman Cup, Brisbane, Doha and I’m sure I left another out.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi. I know Andy Roddick, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are signed up for Brisbane, so that should be quite the event.

As for the off season, I guess not much of one if you are a top tennis player. Unlike his peers, Roddick actually had a few months off. I know he banged up his left knee in Shanghai, but consider the guy’s season ended in mid-October so he should be fresh for the upcoming New Year.

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