The Australian Open 2012 men’s singles round of 16 matches are now complete and the men’s quarter final match-ups all set. Six of the Top 8 seeds lived up to their seeding, with all six of them also having made the 2011 Australian Open quarter finals. To watch the tennis in Singapore click this link-> Australian Open 2012 LIVE coverage.
Here is the long and short of what happened in the top half of the draw’s men’s round of 16 matches. The following tweets are listed in the order that they occurred (you can follow my 100% tennis Twitter @OnCourtAd).
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On Monday 23 January Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic played on Rod Laver Arena. Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer played on Hisense Arena.
- #Murray in his 3rd straight #AusOpen QF dropped only 1 set Andy moves to career 22-6 @AustralianOpen #tennis r/up 2010-11= 3rd times a charm
- #Nishikori ‘s 1st Grand Slam QF best result by Japanese on #ATP in open-era @AustralianOpen now career 6-2@ 3rd #AusOpen new PB= in Top 20
- No.5 seed #Ferrer in his 2nd straight #AusOpen QF best AO semis in 2011 after def #Nadal 3rd AO QF moves to career 23-9 @AustralianOpen #ATP
- #Djokovic in his 5th straight #AusOpen QF lost only 1 set #Nole 29-5 @AustralianOpen 2 titles: 2008 & 11 (11 straight slam QF’s or better)
The 24-year-old Djokovic defeated wild card entrant Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The 1.88m Djokovic’s best Australian Open results were winning the title in 2008 and in 2011 and he has won 4 Grand Slam singles titles in total. The right-handed No.1 seed won through to his 5th straight quarter final at Melbourne Park to improve his Australian Open win-loss record to 29 wins to 5 losses. The Serbian has made it to 18 Grand Slam quarter finals in his career and for the past 11 straight slams.
The 29-year-old Ferrer defeated No.17 seed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. The 1.75m Ferrer’s best Australian Open result is making the semi finals in 2011 by defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals. The Spaniard has made it to 6 Grand Slam singles quarter finals including going on to make the 2007 US Open semi finals. The right-handed No.5 seed won through to his 3rd quarter final at Melbourne Park. Ferrer improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 23 wins to 9 losses.
Quarter final match-up: DJOKOVIC versus FERRER – Ferrer has beaten Djokovic 5 times and in their most recent match at 2011 ATP Tour Finals in London 6-3 6-1!
Nishikori is pictured above looking forward to see what happens next. Nishikori will be ranked in the Top 20 for the first time on Monday 30 January. Nishikori has won 18 of his past 24 matches since the 2011 US Open including a win over World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Nishikori overtook the previous ATP high-ranking for Japan when he improved upon No.47 and is the first Japanese man to make it to the Australian Open quarter finals in the open-era.
The 24-year-old Murray defeated the unseeded Mikhail Kukushin 6-1, 6-1, 1-0 retired. The 1.9m del Murray’s best Australian Open result is being the runner-up in the past two Australian Open’s 2010-11. The right-handed No.4 seed won through to his 3rd straight Australian Open quarter final and his 5th straight Grand Slam quarter final for a total of 11 quarter finals in slams. The Scot improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 22 wins to 6 losses.
The 22-year-old Nishikori defeated No.6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). The 1.78m Nishikori from Japan set a new career best Grand Slam singles result by making the Australian Open quarter finals. The right-handed No.24 seed won through to his 5th Grand Slam quarter final where his best two results to date have been runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010 and a semi finalist at Roland Garros in 2010. Nishikori improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 6 wins to 2 losses.
Quarter final match-up: MURRAY versus NISHIKORI – a 2011 Shanghai Masters 1000 semi final rematch!
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