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Federer ready for Japan Open
2006-10-02 01:09:55 Xinhua English

TOKYO, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland said Monday at a practice that his preparation is "very good" for his first tournament appearance in Tokyo at Japan Open, which started Monday.

"My preparation has been very good. I arrived here very early Friday morning and I'm playing Wednesday," the top-seed was quoted as saying by Kyodo News, at an official practice in Tokyo.

"I'm going to play to win. I have great motivation to do well," Federer said. Some 1,000 spectators turned out at center court to watch the Swiss superstar practice ahead of his match in the main draw of the Japan Open scheduled for Wednesday at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.

In the hour-long practice, Federer faced unseeded players Simon Greul of Germany and Japan's Satoshi Iwabuchi. Federer will play either Spain's Fernando Vicente or a qualifier starting in the second round of the week-long meet.

Federer won the U.S. Open for the third straight year last month. Enditem

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