The 2013 Australian Open men’s qualifying singles event was completed yesterday. The qualifying began on Wednesday 9 January with 128 players battling for the 16 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
To qualify you were required to win three matches in a row in the best-of-3 sets format as opposed to the main draw singles matches, which are best-of-5 sets. Both the qualifying and main draw singles events play an advantage set in the final set. An advantage set is the same as a normal set except when the games are tied at 6 all. From 6 all a player needs to gain a two game advantage over their opponent in order to win.
Of the 32 seeds in the qualifying 12 of them were defeated in the first round of qualifying, a further 8 seeds lost in the second round leaving 12 seeds amongst the 32 players in the final round of qualifying.
Once a player qualifies he earns 25 ATP ranking points for qualifying and another 10 points for playing in the 1st round. Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 25 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 70 points, 45 like everyone else plus their 25. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 115 points, whereas everyone else would earn 90 points.
If a player is awarded a place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser Once he does not get the 25 ATP ranking points that a qualifier does. The Lucky Loser gets the 14 points he earned for making it to the 3rd round of qualifying. Throughout the tournament the Lucky Loser keeps his 14 points and adds it on to the points allocated for whichever round he makes it to. A 1st round loss earns a Lucky Loser 24 points, 10 like everyone else plus his 14. A 2nd round loss earns him 59 points, 14 + 45 and a 3rd round loss earns him 104 points, 14 + 90.
Of the 10 Australian men in the qualifying draw 5 of them were defeated in the 1st round and 5 of them in the 2nd round. Wildcards Alex Bolt, Matt Reid, Adam Feeney, Matthew Barton and Jordan Thompson were the Aussie players who won a round in the qualifying.
Those players’ names that are bolded in the list below are the 16 players who have qualified for the men’s singles main draw. The highest seeded player that loses in the final round of qualifying who signs-in to be eligible if a Lucky Loser spot becomes available is the player who replaces any 1st round withdrawal.
The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying thus far is No.8 seed Florent SERRA. Next in line for a lucky loser spot is No.11 seed Tim SMYCZEK.
The final round results of the 2013 Australian Open Men’s qualifying singles event are:
- Adrian MANNARINO def. Peter Polansky 6-1 6-3
- Ricardas BERANKIS  def. Paul Capdeville 6-2 6-1
- Dudi SELA  def.  Michael BERRER 4-6 6-2 6-4
- Ruben BEMELMANS  def. Marsel Ilhan 7-6 (10-8) 6-4
- Amir WEINTRAUB def. Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-4 6-3
- Steve JOHNSON def.  Ryan SWEETING 6-3 6-4
- Daniel BRANDS  def. Javier MARTI 6-4 6-4
- Maxime AUTHOM  def.  Florent SERRA 6-4 6-4
- Jamie BAKER def. Donald Young 6-4 1-6 6-3
- Adrian MENENDEZ-MACIERAS def. Denys Molchanov 6-4 6-3
- Cedrik-Marcel STEBE def.  Tim SMYCZEK 6-4 6-2
- Alex BOGOMOLOV Jnr.  def. Michael Yani 6-4 4-3 retired
- Arnau BRUGUES-DAVI def. Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1 6-3
- Julian REISTER def. James Ward 6-3 7-5
- Rajeev RAM  def.  Marco CHIUDINELLI 5-7 6-2 11-9
- Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA def. Jan Mertl 7-5 6-0
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