The 2012 Bastad Open men’s main draw singles clay-court event began on Monday 9 July at 11am local time in Bastad, Sweden. The official tournament name is the SkiStar Swedish Open. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, the full singles draw and what the projected quarter finals match-ups are will be listed.
Bastad is one of the ATP Tour 250 Tournaments each year and has 28 players vying for the title, a maximum of 250 ATP ranking points and €64,700 (Euros) in prize money for the winner. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers [Q], 3 Wild Cards [WC], 21 Direct Acceptances and 4 bye’s. If any players withdraw from the event after the draw is made they will be replaced by a Lucky Loser [LL].
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The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. This means that all of the 8 seeds are separated in the draw so they cannot meet before the quarter final stage. As mentioned, Bastad allocates four bye’s with one going to each of the Top 4 seeds. The seeded players from No.5 to No.8 play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals. The Top 4 seeds play one match against a lower ranked opponent who is unseeded for a place in the quarter finals.
The seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP rankings BEFORE the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 25 June. Usually the most recent rankings are the closest Monday before the draw is made, which was 2 July. However, during a Grand Slam tournament the rankings are not updated until the conclusion of the two-week event.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.5 David FERRER through to No.81 Adrian UNGUR. The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Jan HAJEK from the Czech Republic who was ranked No.128 at the cut-off date.
The Wild Cards: the three wild card recipients were 2008 Bastad singles champion Tommy ROBREDO of Spain and two Swedish players: Michael RYDERSTEDT and Christian LINDELL.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament sets the task of winning 3 best-of-three tiebreak set matches in order to qualify for the main draw. These four players then have their names added to the draw and they were: Evgeny KOROLEV, Thiago ALVES, Alessandro GIANNESSI and Ivo MINAR.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- David FERRER  v  Adrian UNGUR
- Albert RAMOS  v  Grigor DIMITROV
- Filippo VOLANDRI  v  Jarkko NIEMINEN
- Mikhail KUKUSHKIN  v  Nicolas ALMAGRO
The 2012 Bastad Swedish Open men’s singles draw is:
- David FERRER  v BYE
- Paul Capdeville v Simone BOLELLI
- Horacio ZEBALLOS v Joao SOUZA
- Tommy ROBREDO [WC] v  Adrian UNGUR
- Albert RAMOS  v BYE
- Evgeny KOROLEV [Q] v [Q] Thiago ALVES
- Frederico GIL v Marsel ILHAN
- Rogerio DUTRA SILVA v  Grigor DIMITROV
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Filippo VOLANDRI  v [WC] Michael RYDERSTEDT
- Christian LINDELL [WC] v Jurgen ZOPP
- Jan HAJEK v Federico DELBONIS
- BYE v  Jarkko NIEMINEN
- Mikhail KUKUSHKIN  v Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER
- Michael BERRER v [Q] Alessandro GIANNESSI
- Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT v [Q] Ivo MINAR
- BYE v  Nicolas ALMAGRO
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