Canada 2010 Men’s Qualifiers

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The 2010 Canadian Open men’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Saturday 7 August with 28 players battling for the 7 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.

Players needed to win 2 matches in a row over 2 days in order to earn a spot in the main draw. Of the Top 7 seeds in the qualifying only 3 of these players who were seeded to qualify won through. The remaining 4 qualifiers were 4 seeded players ranging from 8 to 12, which means not one Canadian player who through to the main draw.

Pictured above is Novak Djokovic after making contact with the ball as he is finishing this forehand ground stroke. The 1.88m Serbian made the quarter finals at Cincinnati last year before being knocked out by Andy Roddick. The 23 year old Djokovic is the current World No.2 and has 7 major singles titles including Canada in 2007 (2008 Australian Open, 2008 ATP Tour Finals, 2007 Miami Open, 2008 Indian Wells Open, 2008 Rome Open and 2009 Paris Open.

Djokovic has not won a major title this year so is definitely due for some big performances. If Djokovic can deliver he will have a great chance to add some more major silverware to his collection and possibly take over the World No.1 ranking for the first time. Can he do it?

The player’s whose names are bolded in the list below are the 7 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.13 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu which means he would be the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing his 1st round match.

A player must sign-in at the time specified by the tournament management to be eligible for any possible Lucky Loser spot. The next player in line is No.14 seed Somdev Devvarman who narrowly lost by 12 points to 10 in the final set tie-break in the closest match in the final round of qualifying.

The results in the final round of the 2010 Rogers Cup in Toronto men’s qualifying singles event are:

  1. (10) Kevin Anderson defeated Tim Smyczek 6-2 6-4
  2. (2) Lu Yen-Hsun def. Marius Copil 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3
  3. (3) Denis Istomin def. (14) Somdev Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10)
  4. (4) Jarkko Nieminen def. (13) Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
  5. (8) Illya Marchenko def. Carlos Salamanca 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
  6. (9) Michael Russell def. (ALT) Philip Bester 6-2 6-2
  7. (12) Fabio Fognini def. Michael Yani 6-4 6-3

These qualifiers will play the following players in the 1st round of the main draw: Anderson versus Leonardo Mayer, Russell v. No.16 seed Sam Querrey, Lu v. (WC) Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, Nieminen v. Tommy Robredo, Marchenko v. No.14 seed Nicolas Almagro, Fognini v. Radek Stepanek and Istomen v. Julien Benneteau.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Canadian Open singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the schedules of play -> Canada 2010: August 7-22.

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