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Federer welcomes Nadal return, Tsonga bows out

AFP and Reuters, ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

The UCI introduced biological passports in 2008 to track any blood changes in riders against an original profile, which could mean they had taken illegal substances.

“I didn’t get tested on blood after the Australian Open and I told the responsible people over there that it was a big surprise for me, but there also will be more funding needed to make all the tests possible and the Grand Slam tournaments should help to finance that, as it is in their best interest to keep the sport clean and credible,” Federer said.

Federer said he had the impression that his sport was clean.

“The past years we had something like one case a year and often it had to do with unintentional mistakes made by players, but even then they should not make those mistakes, and know the rules and live by them,” he said.

SAP OPEN

AP, SAN JOSE, California

Xavier Malisse smashed 18 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Go Soeda in the first round of the SAP Open on Monday.

Malisse, the eighth seed from Belgium, said he was a little rusty in his first tournament since the Australian Open. His serve was working, though, with nine aces in the first set. He even recorded a handful with his second serve.

Malisse is looking for his first title in six years.

Japan’s Soeda won the Hawaii Challenger last month and was playing in his sixth tournament of the year.

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