The 2013 Madrid Open main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 5 May at 11am local time in Madrid. Below OnCourt Advantage details a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The men’s singles draw has a 56-player draw consisting of 7 Qualifiers, 4 Wildcards and 45 Direct Acceptances of whom 16 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 45 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date for entry was 18 March 2013 and Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER of Spain with a ranking of No.48 that week was the last direct acceptance.
The official Madrid main draw ceremony was held at “La Caja Mágica” on Friday 3 May. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Madrid 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
Pictured above is 27-year-old Czech Tomas BERDYCH on the move to play a running forehand. The current World No.6 was the 2012 Madrid singles runner-up and was the Wimbledon 2010 runner-up to Rafael Nadal. If anyone other than the Fab Four wins a Masters 1000 or Grand Slam singles title this year Berdych is certainly set to pounce, as are Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
A seeding is allocated to the 16 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 18 April 2013. In a 64-draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the one seed for each four 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 Top 8 seeds play one round against a lower ranked opponent (unseeded player), before they can meet another seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 17th highest ranked player becomes a seed i.e. World No.18 Andreas SEPPI and then the 18th player – No.19 Sam QUERREY and so on.
Three of the four wildcard recipients were Spaniards: Tommy ROBREDO, Javier MARTI and Pablo ANDUJAR. The fourth wildcard went to Romanian Marius COPIL.
The 28-player qualifying tournament began on Friday 3 May and is played over three days. The 7 qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the main singles draw in the evening of Sunday 5 May local time in Madrid.
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