US Open 2009 Men’s Singles Results

In the main draw of the singles event at Grand Slam tournaments such as the US Open, after the first two rounds are played, only 32 players remain. This is when all of the seeded players are deliberately positioned in the draw to first meet and play-off against each other.

Only IF, and that’s a big “IF” all of the seeded players win their first two matches against the lower ranked men (the unseeded players), can they play-off. The following is an update on who actually won through the first two rounds, who they play next and which seeds were knocked out!

Top half of the draw:

  • (1) Roger Federer versus (31) Lleyton Hewitt
  • (21) James Blake v. (14) Tommy Robredo
  • (12) Robin Soderling v. (22) Sam Querrey
  • (26) Mathieu (Q) Marco Chiudinelli v. (8) Nikolay Davydenko
  • (4) Novak Djokovic v. (Q) Jesse Witten (29) Andreev
  • (23) Philipp Kohlschreiber v. (15) Radek Stepanek
  • (10) Fernando Verdasco v. (20) Tommy Haas
  • (28) Hanescu John Isner v. (5) Andy Roddick

In the top half of the draw 13 of the 16 seeds made it through, with 2 qualifiers denoted with “(Q)” in front of their name, plus direct acceptance John Isner (world No.55) from the USA.

Pictured above is former US Open champion (in 2001), Lleyton Hewitt. The 28 year old is hitting right through his forehand ground stroke. Hewitt will need to use his forehand strength, return serve VERY well and play out of character i.e. aggressively, to beat Roger Federer in the 3rd round. Federer has won the last 13 matches that these two have played against each other.

Bottom half of the draw:

  • (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Julien Benneteau (30) Troicki
  • (18) Tomas Berdych v. (11) Fernando Gonzalez
  • (13) Gael Monfils v. Jose Acasuso (19) Ferrer
  • (32) Nicolas Almagro v. (3) Rafael Nadal
  • (6) Juan Martin del Potro v. Daniel Koellerer (25) Fish
  • (24) Juan Carlos Ferrero v. (9) Gilles Simon
  • (16) Marin Cilic v. Denis Istomin (19) Wawrinka
  • (27) Karlovic (WC) Taylor Dent v. (2) Andy Murray

In the bottom half of the draw 11 of the 16 seeds made it through, with 1 wild card denoted with “(WC)” in front of his name, plus 4 direct acceptances Benneteau (No.43), Acasuso (No.47), Koellerer (No.62) and Istomin (No.108).

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.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Jimmy Connors. Connors was born on this day in 1952. The American won 8 Grand Slam singles titles. 5 US Open crowns: 1974,’76, ’78, ’82 & ’83, the Australian Open in 1974 & 2 Wimbledon Championships in 1974 & 1982. He first achieved his highest career ranking of No.1 on 29 July 1974.

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