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A love game for top seed

Although I am running all over the world from one tournament to another all year round, I always cherish a particular attachment to Shanghai, one of my favorite cities in Asia and even in the whole world.

I have been in Shanghai five times since 2002. This is a wonderful city, very modern and full of skyscrapers. It is different from Switzerland and has many new things that fascinate me. Of course, the restaurants here are really great. Every time I come to Shanghai, I experience something new and different. On my way into town from the airport, I am always amazed by the constant changes taking place in this city, such as the skyscrapers rising up in Lujiazui area and the downtown areas changing their look with each passing day. The greatest excitement for me is the exceptional enthusiasm of the tennis fans here. They all anticipate our visit so eagerly and with such great warmth that I always feel reluctant to leave once I am in Shanghai. Among my tennis fans, those in Shanghai are the warmest and the most loyal in the world.

I know 2010 is an important year for Shanghai and this World Expo will further enhance the charms of this energetic city. In fact, I already felt Shanghai's World Expo "pulse" during my last visit to Shanghai. I saw so many posters and slogans promoting the exposition, and some working sketches of the venues still under construction. Together, they remind us of the approaching of the World Expo. Every time I saw them, my heart would leap. Perhaps the most lingering impression for me is Haibao, the sprightly blue mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China that greets visitors everywhere across the metropolis.

I have never visited any World Expo before, but I know something about the one held in Germany and another hosted in Aichi, Japan. I believe World Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be the most successful of them all. I am looking forward to it eagerly.

It is a pity that I have a heavy schedule of tournaments this year and may not be able to visit Shanghai during this World Expo. However, I will certainly come and see the World Expo site when I am next in Shanghai. The top attraction for me will surely be the Swiss Pavilion, though I would visit others as time permits. I have heard that the China Pavilion looks great, so I think it will be a must-see for me.

Every time I come to Shanghai for a tournament, I find the warmth and friendship of local people among the most overwhelming of anywhere in the world. This is why I feel such a deep attachment to the city. Shanghai has become one of the most renowned tennis cities in the world. The welcome I have always received here has been heart-warming. I am sure that other people coming from across the world who visit the World Expo will be equally impressed by Shanghai's hospitality.

In the end, my family and I would like to send our best and most sincere wishes for your wonderful World Expo.

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