The Miami Open men’s 1st round main draw singles matches began on Thursday 25 March local time in Miami and in the 2nd round all of the Top 32 seeds playing their 1st match against the winners of the 1st round matches.
There is a high chance that the usual one-quarter of the Top 32 ranked players will be defeated in the 2nd round. Normally even one third of the seeds are even bundled out in their first match, however with the Indian Wells Open just finishing last week a number of the seeds will be hell-bent on a better showing in Miami. In every match each player has to show the quality of performance necessary to win a professional tennis match despite what they may have achieved in the past, so look out for some upsets and great matches.
The following is the seeding and draw for the 2nd round matches. The number in brackets before a players name is their seeding. A “Q” in brackets before their name means that player is a Qualifier and “WC” means that player received a Wild Card into the tournament & “LL” stands for Lucky Loser.
- (1) Roger Federer versus (LL) Nicolas Lapentti
- (26) Albert Montanes v. Florent Serra
- (20) Gilles Simon v. Horacio Zeballos
- (16) Tomas Berdych v. Thiemo De Bakker
- (10) Fernando Verdasco v. Dudi Sela
- (23) Jurgen Melzer v. Alejandro Falla
- (25) Marcos Baghdatis v. Juan Ignacio Chela
- (7) Marin Cilic v. Stephane Robert
- (3) Andy Murray v. Mardy Fish
- (29) Feliciano Lopez v. Michael Berrer
- (19) Stanislas Wawrinka v. (Q) Kevin Anderson
- (13) Mikhail Youzhny v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo
- (9) Fernando Gonzalez v. (Q) Yen-Hsun Lu
- (22) Juan Monaco v. (Q) Marsel Ilhan
- (31) Janko Tipsarevic v. Philipp Petzschner
- (5) Robin Soderling v. Peter Luczak
…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw the following players are drawn to meet:
- (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
- (28) Philipp Kohlschreiber v. Florian Mayer
- (17) John Isner v. Michael Russell
- (12) Juan Carlos Ferrero v. Daniel Koellerer
- (15) David Ferrer v. Michael Llodra
- (24) Ivo Karlovic v. Daniel Gimeno-Traver
- (30) Viktor Troicki v. (WC) David Nalbandian
- (4) Rafael Nadal v. Taylor Dent
- (6) Andy Roddick v. Igor Andreev
- (32) Julien Benneteau v. Sergiy Stakhovsky
- (18) Tommy Robredo v. (Q) Illya Marchenko
- (11) Ivan Ljubicic v. Benjamin Becker
- (33) Nicolas Almagro v. Eduardo Schwank
- (21) Sam Querrey v. Jeremy Chardy
- (27) Thomaz Bellucci v. James Blake
- (2) Novak Djokovic v. Olivier Rochus
Only 1 wild card (Nalbandian) and 1 Lucky Loser (Lapentti), made it through the 1st round whilst 5 of the 12 qualifiers won their 3rd straight match to set up a challenge against a seeded player.
Pictured above is Chilean Fernando Gonzalez setting his body and the ball into position to allow him to execute his powerful service action. Gonzalez will be fired up to do well in Miami after choosing to return to his hometown in Santiago, Chile instead of competing at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Around 320 kilometres to the southwest of Gonzalez’s hometown the epicentre of the earthquake which recorded a magnitude 8.8 struck causing an estimated $US 30 billion in damage, over 400 casualties and making roughly 800,000 people homeless.
The 29 year old has twice been runner-up in Masters 1000 tournaments; let’s hope he breaks through for his first Masters 1000 title at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open. Gonzalez will be raising funds in Miami for earthquake relief in Chile.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and results at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for both the men and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Miami 2010: March 22-April 4.
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