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Federer team lining up S American tour



Roger Federer's proposed end-of-season exhibition tour of South America is taking further shape, with the player himself confirming the initiative after winning his opening round at the Dubai Championships.

The No 3 and wildly popular Swiss gave a hint of what could be in store for eager South American fans.

"We're trying to put a nice tour together in South America at the end of the year," said Federer.

"We are still looking at which countries and which players actually at this point. Some are sort of confirmed, I think, and some are not, so still some talks going on there.

"I hope I can play as many as I can. There are many countries I haven't been yet in South America except for the juniors back in the day. I hope we can make it a special down there."

Federer has not been to South America during the major part of his superlative ATP career. The only events played in the regions are on clay, which has never suited his scheduling.

Federer's management confirmed last month that the idea is firmly in the pipeline. "It's confirmed: Roger will tour South America in December," said Federer agent Tony Godsick of IMG.

Godsick confirmed that his client will play "in many countries," believed to certainly include the tennis stronghold of Argentina. Federer has never visited the nation which has produced his latest rival Juan Del Potro.

Also said to be under consideration are Brazil and possibly Colombia, Chile and Mexico.

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