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Five names to keep track of at the Stockholm Open

Andy Murray is the biggest name to start at this year’s Stockholm Open.  Stock photo.

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Andy Murray is the biggest name to start at this year’s Stockholm Open. Stock photo.

The Stockholm Open starts on Monday, which has been able to attract many strong players this year.

Here are five names to keep an eye on in Swedish tennis classics.

+ Andy Murray, 34, UK

Of course, the shots are only ranked 144th in the world. But Murray has been at the same level as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for many years – and has taken home the 2013 and 2016 US Open 2012 and Wimbledon. He was ranked number one in the world for 41 weeks 2016-2017. However, in recent years, he has had major injury problems in both the hip and pelvis. But this summer he reached the third round of Wimbledon and won the wild card at the Stockholm Open.

+ Alexander Sverev, 24, Germany

The four-year-old boy, who is 198 centimeters tall, emerged as a super talent and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon as a 20-year-old. Last year, he reached the final of the US Open, but fell to Dominic Theme in the five-set thrill. This year, Sverev reached the semifinals at both the French Championships and the US Open – and also won Olympic gold in Tokyo. Grows well in hardcourt and can be found as an option to take home the Stockholm Open.

+ Jannick Sinner, 20, Italy

Rafael Nadal was pressed by Italy’s super talented in last year’s French Championship quarterfinals. After his first win at Sofia in November last year, he has now won five ATP titles last year. Including two titles in October – first in Sofia (again) and then in Antwerp. This is the first time Chinnar has climbed into the top ten (nine places). If the name appears to be German instead of Italian, he comes from the northern province of South Tyrol, where about 70 percent speak German.

+ Hubert Hurkacz, 24, Poland

It really dwindled at Wimbledon this summer. Harrocks first beat second-ranked Danil Medvedev in the fourth round, then knocked out Roger Federer in three straight sets in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, however, it was discontinued, but rumors circulated that there was something interesting in the 196-centimeter-long Harrocks. In October, he entered the top ten for the first time in his career – thus touching the top rankings of Polish legend Wojciech Fibak since the late 1970s.

+ Elias Yemer, 25, Sweden

In 2015 he qualified for all four Grand Slam tournaments. Sure, he made it to the second round of the 2018 French Championships, but the last few years have been tough. However, he qualified for the Australian Open this year and reached the 2019 final on the Challenger Tour in June. Now got the wild card for the Stockholm Open, where he became the doubles champion in 2016 alongside his younger brother Michael Yemer.

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