The 2012 Buenos Aires Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 20 February at 1:45pm local time in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Buenos Aires is one of 40 ATP Tour 250 category tournaments each year and the only ATP men’s played in Argentina.
The official tournament name is Copa Claro due to title sponsorship naming rights. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC), 25 Direct Acceptances.
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The official draw was held on Friday 17 February and as soon as the qualifying event is complete OnCourt Advantage will add the names of the four qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.5 (David FERRER) through to No.28 (Juan Ignacio CHELA). The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Blaz KAVCIC from Slovenia who was ranked No.104 at the cut-off date.
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 play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed 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 13 February therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Buenos Aires singles seeds are:
1-David FERRER, 2-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 3-Gilles SIMON, 4-Kei NISHIKORI, 5-Juan MONACO, 6-Stanislas WAWRINKA, 7-Fernando VERDASCO and 8-Juan Ignacio CHELA.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their 1st round match another player will replace that seed. If a replacement seed is selected he would be the next highest ranked player from the direct acceptances i.e. Carlos BERLOCQ.
The Wild Cards: were awarded to two Argentineans: Facundo BAGNIS and Horacio ZEBALLOS and the former World No.5 and runner-up at the 2007 Australian Open from Chile Fernando GONZALEZ. Update: Thomaz BELLUCCI withdrew with an ankle injury before his first match, so opened up a spot in the draw for a Lucky Loser (LL). Wayne ODESNIK was the highest ranked player to lose in the qualifying round, which is why he is given this spot in the draw.
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 will have their names added here as soon as they win their final round of qualifying -> Igor ANDREEV, Javier MARTI, Federico DELBONIS and Andres MOLTENI.
This is the draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals:
- David FERRER (1) v (8) Juan Ignacio CHELA
- Gilles SIMON (3) v (5) Juan MONACO
- Stanislas WAWRINKA (6) v (4) Kei NISHIKORI
- Fernando VERDASCO (7) v (2) Nicolas ALMAGRO
The 2012 Buenos Aires Open singles draw for the 1st round is:
- David FERRER (1) v (Q) Andres MOLTENI
- Facundo BAGNIS (WC) v Leonardo MAYER
- Fernando GONZALEZ (WC) v Albert MONTANES
- Albert RAMOS v (8) Juan Ignacio CHELA
- Gilles SIMON (3) v Rui MACHADO
- Carlos BERLOCQ v Pere RIBA
- David NALBANDIAN v (LL) Wayne ODESNIK
- Filippo VOLANDRI v (5) Juan MONACO
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Stanislas WAWRINKA (6) v (WC) Horacio ZEBALLOS
- Benoit PAIRE v (Q) Javier MARTI
- Victor HANESCU v Pablo ANDUJAR
- Juan Carlos FERRERO v (4) Kei NISHIKORI
- Fernando VERDASCO (7) v Eric PRODON
- Blaz KAVCIC v (Q) Igor ANDREEV
- Frederico GIL v (Q) Federico DELBONIS
- Potito STARACE v (2) Nicolas ALMAGRO
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