US Open 2010 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifiers

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The 2010 US Open men’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Tuesday 24 August with 128 players battling for the 16 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event. The qualifying was scheduled to be completed on Friday 27 August but required an extra day, so was completed over night (Hong Kong time), on Saturday 28 August in New York.

To qualify you must win 3 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 a final set tie-break making the US Open the only Grand Slam that does not play an advantage set in the final set.

Of the 32 seeds in the qualifying 23 of them were defeated in the first two rounds of qualifying, leaving only 9 seeds amongst the 32 players in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.

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. For example, 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 20 American men in the qualifying draw 11 of them were defeated in the 1st round, 6 were defeated in the 2nd round, No.25 seed Kevin Kim lost in the final round and unseeded Ryan Harrison and No.22 seed Robert Kendrick won through to qualify. The 30 year old Kendrick also qualified at Wimbledon this year, as did 3 others who qualified at both Wimbledon and the US Open – Ivan Dodig, Ricardas Berankis and Rik De Voest. Only 2 wild cards won a round, they were Blake Strode and Chase Buchanan.

Pictured above is 2008 Australian Open singles champion Novak Djokovic preparing to swing his racquet forward to drive this backhand ground stroke during the Canadian Open earlier this month. The 23 year old 1.88m Serbian uses the HEAD Youtek Speed Pro tennis racquet and is currently the World No.3. If you are in Hong Kong and want one of Novak’s racquets or advice on which racquet would be the best for you to use, just email info@oncourtadvantage.com.

Last year Djokovic made the semi finals of the US Open for the 3rd straight year and was a runner-up in 2007, before losing to Roger Federer for the 3rd time in a row at the US Open. Djokovic has beaten Federer 5 times including in straight sets in the semi finals of the Australian Open. Djokovic is the No.3 seed at this year’s US Open and is seeded to meet No.2 seed Roger Federer in the semi finals.

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 ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.8 seed David Guez. Guez is the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser (LL), if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing his 1st round match, provided he signs-in to be eligible to be selected. 2nd in line for a LL spot is No.14 seed Ilija Bozoljac who qualified at Wimbledon this year.

Any player whose name is italicised and has his first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the final qualifying round.

The results in the 3rd and final round of the 2010 US Open Men’s qualifying singles event are:

  1. (1) Ilhan Noam Okun lost to (23) Ivan Dodig 4-6 3-6
  2. (2) Soeda Yuichi Sugita lost to Lukas Rosol (28) Ram 1-6 2-6
  3. (3) K.Beck John Millman lost to Peter Polansky (18) Salamanca 3-6, 6-4, 0-6
  4. (4) Roger-Vasselin Dusan Lojda defeated Robert Farah (17) Ouanna 5-7 4-6
  5. (5) Bolelli Andreas Haider-Maurer def. (21) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  6. (6) Zemlja Julio Silva def. Nicolas Mahut (29) Ignatik 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  7. (7) Ungur Simone Vagnozzi lost to Martin Klizan (30) Van Der Merwe 2-6 4-6
  8. (8) David Guez lost to Milos Raonic (31) Zverev 5-7 4-6
  9. (9) Ricardas Berankis def. (25) Kevin Kim 6-1 6-3
  10. (10) Machado Ryan Harrison def. Ricardo Hocevar (27) Niland 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  11. (11) Del Bonis Tatsuma Ito lost to (22) Robert Kendrick 3-6 3-6
  12. (12) Bohli Frank Dancevic lost to (24) Kei Nishikori 4-6 1-6
  13. (13) Fischer Michael Lammer lost to (26) Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 4-6, 1-6
  14. (14) Ilija Bozoljac lost to Rik De Voest (19) Koubek 3-6, 6-7 (8-10)
  15. (15) Delgado Igor Sijsling lost to (32) Benoit Paire 6-1, 2-6, 1-6
  16. (16) Souza Marc Gicquel def. Ruben Bemelmans (20) Alves 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

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