The 2011 Madrid Open men’s qualifying singles event began on Sunday 30 April and was completed on Sunday 1 May. The qualifying began with 28 players battling for the 7 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
The official tournament name of Madrid is the Mutua Madrid Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. To qualify for the main draw you must win 2 matches in a row in the qualifying event in the best-of-3 sets format. Of the 14 seeds in the qualifying 6 of them were defeated in the first round of qualifying, leaving the other 8 seeds amongst the 14 players in “The Qualifying Round”.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. In the Qualifying Round 4 of the Top 7 seeds that were expected to qualify won through to the main draw. A further seed from the 7 seeds ranging from 8-14 qualified, which was No.9 seed Thiemo DE BAKKER.
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Two unseeded players qualified including the lowest ranked player in the qualifying singles draw in Flavio CIPOLLA and Alejandro FALLA. The only wild card to make it into the qualifying round was Romanian Marius COPIL. The highest ranked player to lose in the qualifying round was No.6 seed Olivier Rochus, which means he will be the first player selected to take a Lucky Loser spot in the main draw if any player withdraws before his 1st round match.
Pictured above is 2010 Madrid quarter finalist Andy MURRAY after he has set the ball into position and is preparing to propel himself to the contact point during his service action at the 2011 Australian Open. The 23-year-old from Scotland was the runner-up for the second straight year and it seems the disappointment of losing that match affected him all the way through to the beginning of the clay court season.
At the Monte Carlo Open Masters 1000 event the 1.9m Murray equalled his best result at Monte Carlo by making the semi finals and again playing Rafael Nadal. Murray is the current World No.4 and was the only player to win a set against Nadal at Monte Carlo in the past 2 years. The 2008 Madrid singles champion achieved his career high ranking of No.2 on 17 August 2009. Murray achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date at Roland Garros by making the quarter finals in 2009.
Any player whose name is italicised, has his first name removed and has his surname in lower case letters is a seeded player who was expected to win through to qualify for the main draw. The names that are bolded and listed first are those who successfully qualified and gained entry into the main draw.
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-> Madrid 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
The 2011 Madrid Open Men’s 2nd or final round of qualifying singles results are:
- Alejandro FALLA defeated Federico DEL BONIS (1) Fognini
- (2) Adrian MANNARINO def. Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA
- (3) Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER def. (14) Ruben RAMIREZ HIDALGO
- (4) Victor HANECSU def. (WC) Marius COPIL
- (9) Thiemo BE BAKKER def. Lukasz KUBOT (5) Berlocq
- Flavio CIPOLLA def. (6) Olivier ROCHUS
- (7) Pere RIBA def. (13) Igor ANDREEV
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