The 2011 Madrid Open men’s 1st round singles matches begin on Sunday 1 May at 11am local time. There are 56 players in the draw divided up between 45 Direct Acceptances, 7 Qualifiers (Q) and 4 Wild Cards (WC). At the cut-off date Potito Starace of Italy then ranked at No.47 was the last direct acceptance.
In this post the full men’s singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the main draw. The official tournament name of Madrid is the Mutua Madrid Open due to title sponsorship naming rights and it is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category tournament played on outdoor red clay courts from April 30 to May 8.
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The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Madrid has a 56-player draw so only the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round.
The seeds from No.9 to No.16 play amongst the other 40 players in the 1st round. The Top 8 seeds await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. The seeding of players is according to the most recent rankings before the main singles draw is made, which was Monday 25 April.
The Wild Cards: The four wild cards were awarded to 3 Spaniards: former World No.1 and Madrid Open singles champion Juan Carlos FERRERO, Pablo ANDUJAR and Marcel GRANOLLERS, plus Japan’s Kei NISHIKORI.
The Qualifiers: The 28-player qualifying tournament begins on Sunday 30 April and is played over two days. As soon as the qualifying event is completed the names of the 7 qualifiers will be added into their allocated spots in the draw below and listed here->…
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. In the full draw below only the Top 8 seeds names will be bolded to make it easier to spot which Top 8 seeds are drawn to play each other for a spot in the semi finals.
The 2010 Madrid Open Men’s singles runner-up was defending Madrid champion and No.1 seed Roger FEDERER. In the 2009 Madrid Men’s Singles Final Federer defeated Rafael Nadal on clay courts 6-4 6-4 and in 2010 Federer was striving the first man to win back-to-back titles in Madrid. The 29-year-old Federer lost their rematch 4-6, 6-7 (5-7) in 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Pictured above is the 1.85m Federer after making contact with the ball for this single-handed backhand drive at the Rome Open Masters 1000 tournament in 2010. The former World No.1 has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles and completed his career Grand Slam set in 2009 when he won at Roland Garros. The Swiss has won 17 ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles titles and would love to prevent Nadal from winning back-to-back titles in Madrid.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) versus (13) Mikhail YOUZHNY
- Andy RODDICK (12) v (8) Jurgen MELZER
- Roger FEDERER (3) v (15) Fernando VERDASCO
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (10) v (5) Robin SODERLING
The seeded match ups for the bottom half of the draw are:
- Tomas BERDYCH (7) v (9) Gael MONFILS
- Viktor TROICKI (16) v (4) Andy MURRAY
- David FERRER (6) v (11) Mardy FISH
- Stanislas WAWRINKA (14) v (2) Novak DJOKOVIC
The draw for the 2011 Madrid Open Men’s singles event is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) v BYE
- Qualifier (Q) v Marcos BAGHDATIS
- Marin CILIC v Potito STARACE
- Juan Martin DEL POTRO v (13) Mikhail YOUZHNY
- Andy RODDICK (12) v (Q)
- Sam QUERREY v Michael LLODRA
- Richard GASQUET v (Q)
- BYE v (8) Jurgen MELZER
- Roger FEDERER (3) v BYE
- Milos RAONIC v Feliciano LOPEZ
- (Q) v Xavier MALISSE
- LU Yen-Hsun v (15) Fernando VERDASCO
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (10) v Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
- Kei NISHIKORI (WC) v (Q)
- Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV v Santiago GIRALDO
- BYE v (5) Robin SODERLING
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Tomas BERDYCH (7) v BYE
- Marcel GRANOLLERS (WC) v Nikolay DAVYDENKO
- Juan MONACO v Andrey GOLUBEV
- Ivo KARLOVIC v (9) Gael MONFILS
- Viktor TROICKI v (16) v Florian MAYER
- Thomaz BELLUCCI v (WC) Pablo ANDUJAR
- Ivan LJUBICIC v Gilles SIMON
- BYE v (4) Andy MURRAY
- David FERRER (6) v BYE
- Juan Ignacio CHELA v (Q)
- Sergiy STAKHOVSKY v Albert MONTANES
- John ISNER v (11) Mardy FISH
- Stanislas WAWRINKA (14) v Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
- (Q) v (WC) Juan Carlos FERRERO
- Kevin ANDERSON v Ernests GULBIS
- BYE v (2) Novak DJOKOVIC
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photo credit: mbevis