The 2012 SAP Open men’s main draw singles 2nd round matches will begin on Wednesday 15 February at 9:30am local time in San Jose, California. This ATP Tour 250 category tournament will have 16 players remaining in the 2nd round vying for the first American ATP Tour singles title of the year, 250 ATP ranking points and $95,860 in prize money. The official tournament name is the SAP Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Top 4 seeds have a bye through to the 2nd round. Of the four seeds from No.5 to No.8 two seeds won through and two seeds were eliminated in the 1st round. The highest seed to be upset was No.7 seed Donald Young by fellow American Michael RUSSELL followed closely by No.8 seed Olivier Rochus who was knocked out by 19-year-old American Ryan HARRISON.
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The latest news is that No.1 seed Gael MONFILS has withdrawn from the SAP Open and the Memphis Open as well with a right knee injury BEFORE playing his first singles match. Monfils was scheduled to play singles on Thursday 16 February. Monfils lost his first round doubles match at the SAP Open. Due to the fact that Monfils had NOT played his first match, he can be replaced by a Lucky Loser (LL).
Two of the four qualifiers won their third straight match at the SAP Open to earn 32 ATP ranking points thus far. One of these two qualifiers was seeded in the qualifying – (4) Denis KUDLA, whilst Dimitar KUTROVSKY has been impressive winning all both qualifying matches with out dropping a set. The 24-year-old Kutrovsky from Bulgaria fought out a tough comeback win in the main draw after going the distance in the 1st round (a final set tiebreak), after the disappointment of losing the 1st set tiebreak 7 points to 9.
The 2011 SAP Open singles champion was Milos RAONIC who is pictured above during last year’s tournament. The 21-year-old is captured displaying good focus and positioning despite being on the defensive for this double-handed backhand. The 1.96m Canadian has won 2 career ATP Tour singles titles so far and both on hard courts. The big serving right-hander achieved his career-best ranking of No.25 on 2 May 2011 and is currently ranked No.32. The right-hander has already played five men’s Grand Slam single events so far in his young career and at all four Grand Slams at least once each.
Raonic achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the round of 16 at the 2011 Australian Open, where he showed that he CAN win 6 matches in a row in a Grand Slam after qualifying with 3 wins. Can he win 7 matches in a row at a Grand Slam in the future? Raonic peaked at World No.35 in singles on the ITF Junior Tour. In 2008 Raonic lost 1st round in the junior singles events at the Australian Open and Roland Garros before qualifying at Junior Wimbledon and making it to the 2nd round. If the normal trend holds true the Raonic will mirror his junior best Grand Slam result in seniors, so watch out for him at Wimbledon!
The 2012 SAP Open men’s singles draw for the 2nd round is:
- Blake STRODE (LL) v (Q) Dimitar KUTROVSKY
- Robby GINEPRI (WC) v Ryan HARRISON
- Milos RAONIC (3) v Tobias KAMKE
- Matthew EBDEN v (5) Kevin ANDERSON
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Julien BENNETEAU (6) v Gilles MULLER
- Steve DARCIS v (4) Radek STEPANEK
- Michael RUSSELL v Denis ISTOMIN
- Denis KUDLA (Q) v (2) Andy RODDICK
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