The 2010 Canadian Open men’s qualifying singles event began on Saturday 7 August with 28 players battling for the 7 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event. The final round of qualifying is scheduled to be completed today with play beginning at 1pm local time in Toronto.
6 of the 7 matches will commence at 1pm with the 7th match being played on the Stadium Court after the completion of the first match scheduled on Stadium Court. The 7th match is between the only remaining Canadian, Philip Bester and American Michael Russell. Besides the Stadium, the Grandstand Court and courts 1,3,4 and 5 will be used for 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.
Of the 14 seeds in the qualifying 5 of them were defeated in the 1st round, including No.1 seed Andrey Golubev. This leaves 9 seeds to battle it out for the big reward, in terms of ATP ranking points, that qualifying for a major tournament provides.
Pictured above is Rafael Nadal playing an attacking forehand ground stroke. As you can see when Nadal wants to finish the point by forcing his opponent into error or going for the outright winner, he really drives through the ball (which you can tell by the fact that his racquet has followed through so far ahead of his body). The Spanish left hander made the quarter finals in Canada last year before being knocked out by eventual runner-up Juan Martin del Potro who is still off the tour with his right wrist injury.
The 24 year old Nadal will be looking to win his 3rd Rogers Cup after winning in 2005 and in 2008. Nadal already owns the men’s record for ATP Masters 1000 titles when he won the Madrid Open earlier this year to claim his 18th Masters 1000 title.
After winning Wimbledon last month Nadal became the first player to qualify for the 8-man draw in the ATP Tour Finals (end of year championships), in London from November 21 to 28. Nadal would dearly love to cap of his brilliant 2010 by becoming the 2010 ATP Tour Champion, which means finishing 2010 as the No.1 ranked man.
In the draw below (WC) stands for wild card and a line through a players name means that player was seeded to win through to the next round but was defeated. The player’s name that is bolded in the draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.
The draw for the 2nd round of the 2010 Rogers Cup in Canada men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Golubev Tim Smyczek versus (10) Kevin Anderson
- (2) Lu Yen-Hsun v. Marius Copil (11) Przysiezny
- (3) Denis Istomin v. (14) Somdev Devvarman
- (4) Jarkko Nieminen v. (13) Paul-Henri Mathieu
- (5) Chiudinelli Carlos Salamanc v. (8) Illya Marchenko
- (6) Serra ALT Philip Bester v. (9) Michael Russell
- (7) Clement Michael Yani v. (12) Fabio Fognini
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Canadian singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the schedules of play -> Canada 2010: August 7-22.
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