Madrid 2010 Men’s 1st Round

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The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open men’s 1st round main draw singles matches will be spread over 3 days. The 1st round began on Saturday 8 May with 3 matches and today another 8 1st round matches will be played. That leaves 13 1st round matches to be played tomorrow.

Pictured above is 26 year old left hander Fernando Verdasco just after making contact with the ball for this forehand volley. The Spaniard was a quarter finalist in Madrid in 2009 and has been one of the best players on the tour over the past couple of months. The 1.88m Verdasco achieved career best results at the 2 clay court Masters 1000 events held before Madrid and will be looking to do the same this week.

In Monte-Carlo he made his 1st Masters 1000 final and in Rome he made only his 2nd Masters 1000 semi final. In between those 2 events Verdasco won Barcelona for the 1st time. Verdasco is at the height of his career at the moment and will need to close out a lot more points at the net to make sure he has enough fuel in the tank to perform in the big matches. Verdasco has a tall task ahead of him when he plays the giant Ivo Karlovic in the 2nd round.

The qualifying rounds where played on Saturday 8 May and Sunday 9 May. In the qualifying event 10 of the 16 seeds made it to the Qualifying Round with only one Spaniard, (WC) Beatriz Garcia Vidagany making it through to the main draw. For further details about the men’s event you can visit -> Madrid Men’s Schedule of Play.

The final qualifying event results were as follows:

  • (1) Juan Ignacio Chela d. Flavio Cipolla 6-2 6-3
  • (WC) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava d. Guillermo Alcaide 6-0 6-4
  • (3) Santiago Giraldo d. (12) Filippo Volandri 6-2 6-1
  • (4) Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jnr d.  (8) Mardy Fish 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
  • Christophe Rochus d. (10) Oscar Hernandez 6-4 6-3
  • (9) Daniel Gimeno-Traver d. (6) Michael Russell 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 3-0 retired
  • (7) Kevin Anderson d. (11) Ivan Navarro 6-3 6-4

The 1st round results thus far are as follows:

  • (9) Ferrer d. Chardy 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
  • Karlovic d. Korolev 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
  • Monaco d. Greul 6-1 6-1

The men’s 1st round singles draw is:

  • (1) Roger Federer to play the winner of:
  • (WC) Carlos Moya v. Benjamin Becker
  • Leonardo Mayer v. Julien Benneteau
  • (WC) Marcel Granollers v. (15) Stanislas Wawrinka
  • (10) Mikhail Youzhny v. Lukas Lacko
  • Ernests Gulbis v. Albert Montanes
  • (5) Andy Roddick to play the winner of:
  • Lukasz Kubot v. Feliciano Lopez
  • (3) Andy Murray to play the winner of:
  • Pablo Cuevas v. (Q) Juan Ignacio Chela
  • Victor Hanescu v. Igor Andreev
  • (WC) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava v. (14) Sam Querrey
  • (9) David Ferrer d. Jeremy Chardy
  • Marcos Baghdatis v. Marco Chiudinelli
  • (8) Marin Cilic to play the winner of:
  • Paul-Henri Mathieu v. Eduardo Schwank

…which are the 1st round match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players to meet in the 1st round are:

  • (6) Fernando Verdasco to play the winner of:
  • Evgeny Korolev lost to Ivo Karlovic
  • (Q) Kevin Anderson v. Jurgen Melzer
  • (WC) David Nalbandian v. (11) Tomas Berdych
  • (16) Thomaz Bellucci v. (WC) Pere Riba
  • Juan Monaco d. Simon Greul
  • (4) Robin Soderling to play the winner of:
  • Nicolas Almagro v. Viktor Troicki
  • (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to play the winner of:
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v. (Q) Daniel Gimeno-Traver
  • Fabio Fognini v. Philipp Petzschner
  • Stephane Robert v. (12) Gael Monfils
  • (13) John Isner v. (Q) Christophe Rochus
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo
  • (2) Rafael Nadal to play the winner of:
  • (Q) Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jnr v. Andreas Seppi

The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. In 2009 at the opening ceremony for Madrid Manolo Santana was honoured by having Stadium Court 1 named after him. Santana won 4 Grand Slam singles titles including the French Open in 1961 & 1964, the US Open in 1965 and Wimbledon in 1966. Stadium 1 at Madrid is called Pista Manolo Santana. “Pista” is the Spanish word for “Court”. Santana is the current tournament director.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for bothe the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.

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