The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open men’s 2nd round main draw singles matches were completed yesterday, leaving 16 players who will battle it out today for the spots in the quarter finals.
The biggest upsets yesterday saw No.4 seed Robin Soderling, No.7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No.10 seed Mikhail Youzhny knocked out of the tournament. There are 6 Spaniards still going strong amongst the last 16 men. There are 9 seeds still alive with just 3 of the 8 matches featuring the both of the players who were expected to reach the round of 16 according to their seeding. All of the remaining wild cards, qualifiers and lucky losers were defeated leaving a large group of players who perform particularly well on clay, plus American John Isner.
The 2.06m Isner reached a career high ranking of World No.19 after making the final of the clay court tournament in Belgrade, Serbia last week. At 25 years old the American has stormed up the rankings despite only turning pro in 2007. Isner plays Rafael Nadal today at 4pm local time in Madrid on Court Manolo Santana. Isner lost his only match against Nadal also in the round of 16 at the 2010 Indian Wells Masters 1000 event in 3 sets, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6.
Isner who is pictured above preparing to play a forehand drive, had not even played in the Rome and Madrid ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events until this year. Isner has not yet made the quarter finals of a Masters 1000 event or a Grand Slam. He did record his best results in a Grand Slam singles event in his past two Grand Slam efforts, by making the round of 16 at both the 2010 Australian Open and the 2009 US Open. Isner keeps notching up personal bests and will be out to cause a major upset over Nadal, by raising his performance level another notch as compared to the last time these two met.
The match ups should be very entertaining and hard fought with most of the matches looking extremely close. The pick of the matches to see are: whether Wawrinka can beat Federer on clay again, if Federer’s conqueror in Rome Ernests Gulbis, can continue to emerge as one of the games best players, if David can slay Goliath, that is Ferrer & Cilic and of course the Isner and Nadal clash.
For further details about when each round of the men’s singles event is scheduled to be played, including the semi finals and finals, you can visit -> Madrid Men’s Schedule of Play.
The 2nd round results completed yesterday were:
- (15) Wawrinka d. L.Mayer 6-4 4-2 retired
- Gulbis d. (10) Youzhny 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
- Lopez d. (LL) O.Hernandez 6-1 6-2
- (3) Murray d. (Q) Chela 6-3 6-3
- Hanescu d. (WC) Munoz-De La Nava 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
- (9) Ferrer d. Baghdatis 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
- (8) Cilic d. Schwank 6-3 6-0
- Melzer d. (LL) Fish 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
- Monaco d. (16) Bellucci 6-2 6-2
- Almagro d. (4) Soderling 6-4 7-5
- Garcia-Lopez d. (7) Tsonga 6-2 retired
- (12) Monfils d. Petzschner 1-1 retired
- (13) Isner d. (Q) Giraldo 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
- (2) Nadal d. (Q) Dolgopolov Jnr 6-4 6-3
The men’s round of 16 singles draw is:
- (1) Roger Federer v. (15) Stanislas Wawrinka
- (10) Youzhny Ernests Gulbis v. Feliciano Lopez (5) Roddick
- (3) Andy Murray v. Victor Hanescu (14) Querrey
- (9) David Ferrer v. (8) Marin Cilic
Which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players to meet are:
(6) Fernando Verdasco v. Jurgen Melzer (11) Berdych
- (16) Bellucci Juan Monaco v. Nicolas Almagro (4) Soderling
- (7) Tsonga Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v. (12) Gael Monfils
- (13) John Isner v. (2) Rafael Nadal
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The players names who have a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who were expected to reach the round of 16, but have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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