The Australian Open 2012 men’s singles round of 16 matches are now half way through with the remaining half being played on Monday 23 January. Three of the Top 4 seeds lived up to their seeding, with all three 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 bottom 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 Sunday 22 January Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer played their matches on Rod Laver Arena, Tomas Berdych played on Hisense Arena and Juan Martin del Potro played on Margaret Court Arena.
- #Nadal by winning 12 straight sets qualifies for his 6th straight #AusOpen QF #Rafa moves to career 33-6 @AustralianOpen with 1 title:2009
- No.7 seed #Berdych earns 2nd straight #AusOpen QF Tomas’s career 23-8 @AustralianOpen Best slam result is @Wimbledon 2010 r/up #tennis #ATP
- No.11 seed #delPotro returns to the #ATP Top 10 with his 2nd #AusOpen QF. #delPo ‘s career 14-5 @AustralianOpen & 2009 @USopen champ #tennis
- #Federer in his 9th straight #AusOpen QF without losing a set. RF career 63-8 @AustralianOpen #AusOpen #tennis with 4 titles: 2004,06-07& 10
The 25-year-old Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard and No.18 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The 1.88m Nadal’s best Australian Open result was winning the title in 2009 and he has won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in total. The left-handed No.2 seed won through to his 6th straight quarter final at Melbourne Park to improve his Australian Open win-loss record to 33 wins to 6 losses.
The 26-year-old Berdych defeated No.10 seed Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). The 1.96m Berdych of the Czech Republic equalled his best Australian Open result by making the quarter finals for the second time in a row. The right-handed No.7 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. Berdych improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 23 wins to 8 losses.
Quarter final match-up: NADAL versus BERDYCH – a 2010 Wimbledon final rematch!
Berdych is pictured above setting the ball into place in the early stages of his service motion during the 2012 Australian Open using his HEAD YouTek IG Instint MP tennis racquet. Berdych has beaten Nadal a total of three times, all three wins were in a row were and all on hard courts.
The 23-year-old del Potro defeated the unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. The 1.96m del Potro equalled his best Australian Open result by making the quarter finals for the second time, the other was in 2009. The right-handed No.11 seed won through to his 5th Grand Slam quarter final, the first since winning the 2009 US Open. The Argentinean improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 14 wins to 5 losses.
The 30-year-old Federer defeated the unseeded Australian teenager Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. The 1.85m Federer’s best Australian Open result is winning the title on four occasions – 2004, 2006, 2007 and in 2010. The Swiss has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles in total. The right-handed No.3 seed won through to his 9th straight quarter final at Melbourne Park and has not yet lost a set. Federer improved his Australian Open win-loss record to 63 wins to 8 losses.
Quarter final match-up: FEDERER versus DEL POTRO – a 2009 US Open final rematch!
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