US Open 2009 Men’s Last 16

The 3rd round singles matches in the bottom half of the draw have been completed in the men’s singles event at the US Open. The bottom half of the draw for the round of 16 is:

  • (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus (11) Fernando Gonzalez
  • (13) Gael Monfils v. (3) Rafael Nadal
  • (6) Juan Martin del Potro v. (24) Juan Carlos Ferrero (9) Simon
  • (16) Marin Cilic v. (2) Andy Murray
In the bottom half of the draw 7 of the 8 top ranked players who were seeded to make it through to the last 16 performed according to their seeding. The only exception was No.9 seed Gilles Simon who was upset by the former World No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero was a finalist at the 2003 US Open.
The round of 16 winners are guaranteed 175,000 US dollars in prize money and 500 ATP ranking points for making the quarter finals. The players who get knocked out in the round of 16 will take home 85,000 US dollars and 180 ATP ranking points.

The top half of the draws round of 16 match ups will begin on Monday 7 September at 11am New York time.

The top half of the draws match ups are:

  • (1) Roger Federer v. (14) Tommy Robredo
  • (12) Robin Soderling v. (8) Nikolay Davydenko
  • (4) Novak Djokovic v. (15) Radek Stepanek
  • (10) Fernando Verdasco v. John Isner (5) Roddick

Pictured above is Fernando Gonzalez of Chile hitting his mighty forehand. The 29 year old has made the quarter finals of US Open before, the French Open semi-finals this year and was a finalist at the 2007 Australian Open.

Gonzalez has a career high ranking of No.5 and is in career best form. The 1.83m charismatic competitor did not lose serve once in his straight set victory over No.17 seed Tomas Berdych.

The red hot Chilean has only dropped 1 set thus far and is hitting 2 winners for every 1 unforced error he commits. Gonzalez is a power hitter and looks set to do some damage.

The Tsonga versus Gonzalez match is shaping up as the best match up in the bottom half of the draw. Can Gonzalez go one better than his best Grand Slam singles result and win the US Open?

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.

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