Tough draw for the Swiss Finn
For the draw, the balls in the pot were blue. Henri Laaksonen, a dual citizen of Switzerland and Finland, received a nasty shock, at least on paper. The promising young talent, who received a wild card, was drawn against top-seeded titleholder Juan-Martin Del Potro, the world number 5. Following a brief period of recuperation, the South American flew over to Basel from Buenos Aires at the weekend. This dual will see two worlds collide: the Argentine has already accumulated 13.98 million US dollars in prize money, whilst Laaksonen has thus far won 105,875 US dollars, a sum which pales in comparison.