Australian Open 2011 Men’s Wild Card Play-off Semis

The 2011 Australian Open Men’s singles main draw is made up of 104 direct acceptances, 16 qualifiers and 8 wild cards. The first wild card to be awarded will go to the winner of the Australian men-only knockout tournament. After a rest day today the semi finals will be played tomorrow with the victors to playoff in the Men’s Singles Final this Sunday for a coveted Wild Card into the 2011 Australian Open.

The semi finals of this wild card tournament are played on hard courts in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Park – Home of the Australian Open on Court 6. In the first semi final No.1 seed Peter Luczak plays No.4 seed Matthew Ebden and in the 2nd semi No.2 seed Marinko Matosevic plays the unseeded Adam Feeney who knocked out No.3 seed Carsten Ball.

The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off men’s singles semi final draw sees the 1st semi final at NOT before 12:30pm and the 2nd semi final to follow straight after that.

1st semi final:

The 23-year-old Matthew Ebden is a 1.88m right-hander and has played the Australian Open for the past 4 years. Ebden’s best result is qualifying for the main draw in 2010 before losing to Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the 1st round. Ebden is the current No.196 achieved his career high ranking of No.162 on 30 August this year. Ebden plays No.1 seed Peter Luczak in the semi finals who he has never met in a professional match before.

The 31-year-old Luczak (pictured above) is also right handed yet he is the current No.137 achieved his career high ranking of No.64 on 12 October in 2009. The 1.83m Luczak has played the past 8 Australian Open’s with his best result making the 3rd round in 2003 and again in 2006.

2nd semi final:

The 25-year-old Adam Feeney is a 1.78m right-hander and has played the Australian Open twice before in 2007 and 2008. Feeney’s best result is making the 2nd round of the qualifying event in 2008. Current No.587 achieved his career high ranking of No.248 on 10 September 2007. Feeney plays No.2 seed Marinko Matosevic in the semi finals for the 6th time.

Matosevic is also 25 years old and right-handed yet goes in with a 4-1 advantage in their previous matches (all in Futures level tournaments). The current No.138 has won the past 4 matches with the last meeting back in 2008 on hard courts 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Matosevic has played the past two Australian Opens including playing in the 1st round in 2010. Matosevic achieved his career high ranking of No.134 on October 25 this year.

Day 4 results for the semi final matches will be added as they are completed:

  1. Matosevic defeated Feeney 6-3 6-4
  2. Luczak def. Ebden 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

For more details about the 2011 Australian Open, the prize money and ranking points awarded for each round and the schedule of play for the entire tournament click here.

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