The 2012 Gstaad Open men’s main draw singles clay-court event began on Monday 16 July at 11am local time. The official name of Gstaad due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. 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.
Gstaad 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], 20 Direct Acceptances, 1 Special Entry [SE] 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 sizedkdraw there are 8 seeded players. As mentioned, Gstaad 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 player3 according to the latest ATP rankings BEFORE the draw is made and these latest rankings were released on Monday 9 July.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.8 Janko TIPSAREVIC through to No.45 Bernard TOMIC. The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Blaz KAVCIC of Slovenia who was ranked No.99 at the cut-off date.
The Wild Cards: the three wild card recipients were two Swiss players: Sandro EHRAT and Henri LAAKSONEN plus Australian Bernard TOMIC who originally did not enter this tournament or else he would have been directly accepted.
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: Martin FISCHER, Matteo VIOLA, Jan HERNYCH and Dustin BROWN.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Janko TIPSAREVIC  v  Santiago GIRALDO
- Stanislas WAWRINKA  v [WC] Bernard TOMIC
- Feliciano LOPEZ  v  Mikhail YOUZHNY
- Julien BENNETEAU  v  Marcel GRANOLLERS
The 2012 Gstaad Open men’s singles draw is:
- Janko TIPSAREVIC (1) v BYE
- Sandro EHRAT [WC] v [Q] Martin FISCHER
- Matteo VIOLA [Q] v [Q] Jan HERNYCH
- Henri LAAKSONEN [WC] v  Santiago GIRALDO
- Stanislas WAWRINKA  v BYE
- Igor ANDREEV v Paul-Henri MATHIEU
- Filippo VOLANDRI v Ernests GULBIS
- Benoit PAIRE v [WC] Bernard TOMIC
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Feliciano LOPEZ  v Adrian UNGUR
- Jan HAJEK [SE] v Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN
- Thomaz BELLUCCI v Blaz KAVCIC
- BYE v  Mikhail YOUZHNY
- Julien BENNETEAU  v Grigor DIMITROV
- Dustin BROWN [Q] v Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
- Lukasz KUBOT v Ivan DODIG
- BYE v  Marcel GRANOLLERS
photo credit: Frédéric de Villamil