The 2011 Indian Wells Open men’s singles main draw round of 16 matches will all be played on Wednesday 16 March. This means that the 8 players in the bottom half of the draw will play two days in a row. The eight 3rd round winners in the top half of the draw all had a rest day before playing their round of 16 matches.
In this post the full men’s singles draw for the round of 16 will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about one of the Top seeds. The final qualifier of the original twelve is Somdev DEVVARMAN of India and the final wild card is young American Ryan HARRISON who join the 12 seeds and 2 direct acceptances in the final 16.
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In the round of 16 there are 12 seeds remaining and only 7 of the Top 16 seeds that were seeded to make it this far. The biggest upsets in the 3rd round were No.4 seed Robin Soderling, No.9 Fernando Verdasco, No.10 Jurgen Melzer and No.11 Nicolas Almagro being upset by lower seeded players. In the top half of the draw No.1 seed Rafael NADAL is the sole remaining seed from the Top 8 and in fact from the Top 20 seeds. In the bottom half of the draw all four of the Top 8 seeds in that section still in contention for a quarter final spot.
Soderling was knocked out by No.32 seed Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER, Verdasco by No.21 seed Sam QUERREY of the USA, Melzer was upset by No.18 seed Richard GASQUET and Almagro defeated by No.23 seed Albert MONTANES. Only Almagro managed to win a set and take it a deciding 3rd set and Melzer had the least impact going down 1-6 3-6 in 61 minutes.
Pictured above is Juan Martin DEL POTRO just after to making contact with the ball with this forehand drive. Del Potro achieved a career-high ITF Junior Tour ranking of No.3. The 1.98m del Potro made the quarter finals at Roland Garros in 2005 before being defeated by Andy Murray what turned out to be del Potro’s last ITF junior event. Del Potro was eligible to play the remainder of 2005 and all of 2006 but elected to turn pro.
The 22-year-old Del Potro gained entry into Indian Wells due to having an injury protected ranking. The Argentinean is currently ranked No.90 after achieving a career-high ranking of No.4 on 11 January 2010. Del Potro achieved his best result to date in an ATP Masters 1000 event when he was runner-up to Andy Murray at the 2009 Canadian Open. At Indian Wells his best performance was making the quarter finals in 2009, which will be trying to match and then improve upon.
Del Potro is coming back after having wrist surgery and only playing in 6 matches from 3 tournaments for the whole of 2010. Playing in his sixth tournament in 2011 the 2009 US Open singles champion is rapidly approaching his 2009 form. Del Potro won his 8th career singles title just prior to Indian Wells at Delray Beach in the USA without dropping a set.
In Grand Slams “Delpo” as he has inscribed on the heel of both of his runners at the moment, he made the semi finals at Roland Garros in 2009 and the quarter finals at the Australian Open in 2009. Wimbledon has proven to be his weakest link thus far with his best result being a 2nd round loss in 2007, 2008 and 2009 thus far.
Del Potro defeated defending Indian Wells champion in the 2nd round and is the highest profile player left in his section of the draw after Soderling, Murray and Verdasco have been knocked out. Del Potro is in Nadal’s half of the draw so they could meet in a semi final showdown just as they did the last time they met at the 2009 US Open. Del Potro trails Nadal in their previous meetings 3-4 but has won the last 3 times, including in straight sets in the past two matches.
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 8 seeds names will be bolded in the draw below. This will make it easier to spot which Top 8 seeds are drawn to play whom for a spot in the semi finals and whose draw has opened up after a Top 8 seed being upset in that section of the draw.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Men’s singles round of 16 draw is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) v (Q) Somdev DEVVARMAN (15) Tsonga
- (11) Almagro Albert MONTANES (23) v Ivo KARLOVIC (6) Ferrer
- (4) Soderling Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (32) v Juan Martin DEL POTRO (14) Ljubicic
- (9) Verdasco Sam QUERREY (21) v (25) Tommy ROBREDO (5) Murray
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Andy RODDICK (8) v (18) Richard GASQUET (10) Melzer
- Viktor TROICKI (16) v (3) Novak DJOKOVIC
- Tomas BERDYCH (7) v (12) Stanislas WAWRINKA
- (13) Fish Ryan HARRISON (WC) v (2) Roger FEDERER
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