The 2012 Madrid Open men’s main draw singles event was drawn at 3pm local time at “La Caja Mágica” i.e. The Magic Box in Madrid, Spain on Saturday 5 May. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
There are 56 players in the draw divided up between 7 Qualifiers (Q), 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 45 Direct Acceptances for the second of three ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments for 2012 held on clay courts. Madrid runs from May 5 to 13. The cut-off date for entry was 26 March 2012 and Albert RAMOS of Spain with a ranking of No.56 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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The official tournament name is the Mutua Madrid Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected round of 16 match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Madrid Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
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 all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round.
The seeds are selected according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 30 April 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Madrid Open men’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Novak DJOKOVIC, 2-Rafael NADAL, 3-Roger FEDERER, 4-Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, 5-David FERRER, 6-Tomas BERDYCH, 7-Janko TIPSAREVIC, 8-John ISNER;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Gilles SIMON, 10-Juan Martin DEL POTRO, 11-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 12-Gael MONFILS, 13-Feliciano LOPEZ, 14-Richard GASQUET, 15-Fernando VERDASCO and 16-Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Florian MAYER as the World No.21. If any further seeds are unable to play this major tournament No.22 Stanislas WAWRINKA becomes a seed, followed by No.23 Milos RAONIC.
The Wild Cards: Three of the four men’s wild cards are local players: Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ, Albert MONTANES and Javier MARTI, whilst rising young American star Ryan HARRISON was also awarded a wild card.
The Qualifiers: The 28-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 5 May and concludes on Sunday 6 May. As soon as each of the 7 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-> Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER, Victor HANESCU, Federico DELBONIS, Santiago GIRALDO, Sergiy STAKHOVSKY, Igor ANDREEV and Alejandro FALLA.
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