The 2011 Indian Wells Open men’s singles main draw 2nd round matches will begin on Saturday 12 March and the thirty-two matches will be completed over two days. The thirty-two 1st round matches were completed on Thursday 10 March and Friday 11 March.
In this post the full men’s singles draw for the 2nd round will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the 2nd round of the main draw, including a close look at the wild cards. OCA will provide some interesting background about the Junior ITF Tour careers of the 4 young rising stars on the men’s tour that received wild cards as well.
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The 32 seeds will play their first match in the 2nd round after all 32 of them had a bye in the 1st round. It will be interesting to see who the seeds are that lose their 1st match against the players whom have at least one match victory and the confidence that comes with a win. You can usually expect at least one quarter of the seeds to be knocked out in their first match.
At this time in the season you often have some of the top ranked players who have not played much since the Australian Open. A number of seeded players especially from Europe and South America have played on clay for the past month and have to transition to the hard courts without any hard court tournament matches under their belt.
The Wild Cards:
The wild cards performed especially well in the 1st round with a 100% success rate. All 5 wild cards lived up to their billing of deserving entry into the main draw despite not being ranked high enough at the moment. The group of wild cards features 4 of the young rising stars on the men’s tour and veteran 31-year-old James BLAKE trying to climb the rankings from his current No.158. Blake achieved a career-high of No.4 on 20 November 2006.
Canada’s Milos RAONIC is currently ranked at a career-high No.37, which is much higher than the ranking of the last direct acceptance Dustin Brown at No.89. The 20-year-old Raonic needed a wild card because at the cut-off date of 25 January 2011 he wasn’t ranked high enough to get directly accepted into the main draw. The 1.96m Raonic was only 2 spots off being seeded in his career first appearance at Indian Wells.
The 20-year-old Richard BERANKIS of Lithuania was in the same situation as Raonic so earned a wild card as another rising star who is ranked at No.74 just 1 spot below his career-high to date. The 1.75m Berankis is also playing for the first time at Indian Wells and is pictured above in the forward swing phase for this forehand drive at the 2010 US Open. Berankis registered his first name change this year to Richard, instead of his actual name – Ričardas that he was playing as prior to 2011.
The 18-year-old American Ryan HARRISON is currently ranked at No.152 after achieving his career-high to date of No.138 on 31 January this year. The 1.83m Harrison is playing for the 2nd time at Indian Wells after achieving his best Masters 1000 singles result to date by making the 2nd round at Indian Wells in 2010 in his debut.
The 18-year-old Australian Bernard TOMIC is currently ranked at No.187 after achieving his career-high to date of No.182 on 31 January this year. The 1.93m Tomic is playing for 1st time at Indian Wells after achieving his best Grand Slam singles result at the 2011 Australian Open by making the 3rd round before losing to World No.1 Rafael Nadal. Tomic won his first two rounds at the Australian Open in straight sets against Jeremy Chardy and Feliciano Lopez who were ranked at No.44 and No.31 respectively.
ITF Junior Tour Careers of Raonic, Berankis, Harrison and Tomic:
Raonic achieved a career-high of No.35 on the ITF Junior Tour, played Junior Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2008 and won 3 ITF junior singles titles.
Berankis achieved the World No.1 ranking on the ITF Junior Tour and won 9 ITF junior singles titles. In 2007 Berankis won the Junior US Open singles title, made the singles semis finals at both the 2007 Junior Australian Open and Junior Wimbledon plus made the quarter finals at Junior Roland Garros in 2007.
Harrison achieved a career-high of No.7 on the ITF Junior Tour and won 3 ITF junior singles titles. In 2008 Harrison made the semi finals of the Junior Australian Open singles event, made the singles round of 16 at both the 2008 Junior Wimbledon and Junior US Open plus made the round of 32 at Junior Roland Garros in 2008. Harrison was eligible for the junior slams in 2009 and 2010 but did not play.
Tomic achieved a career-high of No.2 on the ITF Junior Tour and won 9 ITF junior singles titles. In 2008 Tomic won the Junior Australian Open singles title, made the singles semis finals at 2008 Junior Wimbledon plus made the quarter finals at Junior Roland Garros in 2008. In 2009 Tomic only played 3 junior ITF events Roland Garros, Wimbledon where made the semi finals again and the US Open where he won the junior singles title. Like Harrison he was eligible to play juniors in 2010 but did not play.
The Qualifiers: Of the 12 qualifiers it was a 50-50 split with 6 winners and 6 qualifiers losing in the 1st round. Of the 6 winners four were Americans Tim SMYCZEK, Michael RUSSELL, Ryan SWEETING and Donald YOUNG. The other two qualifiers to win their 1st round match were South African Rik DE VOEST and India’s Somdev DEVVARMAN.
To see the FULL 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Indian Wells 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
Only the Top 16 seeds names will be bolded in the draw below in order to make it easier to spot which Top 16 seeds are drawn to play each other for a spot in the quarter finals.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Men’s singles 2nd round draw is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) v (Q) Rik DE VOEST
- Ryan SWEETING (Q) v (27) Juan MONACO
- Marcos BAGHDATIS (19) v (Q) Somdev DEVVARMAN
- Xavier MALISSE v (15) Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (11) v (Q) Michael RUSSELL
- Jarkko NIEMINEN v (23) Albert MONTANES
- Gilles SIMON (28) v Rainer SCHUETTLER
- Ivo KARLOVIC v (6) David FERRER
- Robin SODERLING (4) v Michael BERRER
- Tim SMYCZEK (Q) v (32) Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER
- Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV (20) v Victor HANESCU
- Juan Martin DEL POTRO v (14) Ivan LJUBICIC
- Fernando VERDASCO (9) v (WC) Richard BERANKIS
- Janko TIPSAREVIC v (21) Sam QUERREY
- Tommy ROBREDO (25) v Mischa ZVEREV
- Donald YOUNG (Q) v (5) Andy MURRAY
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Andy RODDICK (8) v (WC) James BLAKE
- Ricardo MELLO v (30) John ISNER
- Richard GASQUET (18) v Pablo CUEVAS
- Julien BENNETEAU v (10) Jurgen MELZER
- Viktor TROICKI (16) v (WC) Bernard TOMIC
- Santiago GIRALDO v (24) Michael LLODRA
- Ernests GULBIS (31) v LU Yen-Hsun
- Andrey GOLUBEV v (3) Novak DJOKOVIC
- Tomas BERDYCH (7) v Lukasz KUBOT
- Benjamin BECKER v (26) Thomaz BELLUCCI
- Marin CILIC (17) v Florent SERRA
- Nikolay DAVYDENKO v (12) Stanislas WAWRINKA
- Mardy FISH (13) v (WC) Milos RAONIC
- Ryan HARRISON (WC) v (22) Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
- Juan Ignacio CHELA (29) v Philipp PETZSCHNER
- Igor ANDREEV v (2) Roger FEDERER
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