The 2010 Rome Internazionali BNL d’Italia men’s singles event has now completed all of the 1st round matches. Play will commence at local time in Rome today.
The 2nd match on Campo Centrale (centre court), will see defending Rome champion, Rafael Nadal begin his campaign to equal Andre Agassi’s record of winning 17 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
5 of the 8 seeds who played the 1st round were upset. Thus far 4 seeds have played their 2nd round matches with 2 already being eliminated. The big news of the day was Ernests Gulbis of Latvia’s defeat of World No.1 Roger Federer. The 1.9m Gulbis is pictured above driving his double handed backhand.
Federer is currently tied with Nadal at 16 Masters 1000 titles and has yet to make a quarter final appearance this year in the Masters tournaments. The 21 year old Gulbis is a very talented player and his win may mark the beginning of his rise to the top of the game. He converted his 7th match point to defeat Federer 7-5 in the final set in 2 hours and 3 minutes.
Federer was older than Gulbis before he rose to the top, it will be interesting to follow how Gulbis performs now. He has only made 1 Masters 1000 quarter final to date and one quarter final at a Grand Slam – the 2008 French Open. After Rome he will have a new career high ranking. What’s next for Ernests?
Only 2 qualifiers remain in the 2nd round and they play off against each other for a place in the 3rd round. All 4 Italian wild cards won through to the 2nd round, much to the delight of the Italian crowd who will have plenty to cheer about in today’s matches when all 4 Italians play again.
Today the remaining 12 2nd round singles matches will be played. By the end of Wednesday 28April we will have just 16 players left in the 3rd round draw. The following are the results for the final 8 1st round matches:
- (WC) Bolelli d. (LL) Greul 6-4 6-1
- Hewitt d. (9) Youzhny 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
- Almagro d. Kubot 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3
- Bellucci d. (Q) L.Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
- (13) Ferrer d. Korolev 6-4 6-1
- Wawrinka d. Melzer 6-1 6-2
- Lopez d. Becker 6-4 6-3
- Troicki d. (SE) De Bakker 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 retired
The results for the first 4 2nd round matches were as follows:
- (2) Djokovic d. Chardy 6-1 6-1
- Gulbis d. (1) Federer 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
- (4) Murray d. Seppi 6-2 6-4
- Hanescu d. (16) Monaco 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
The men’s 2nd round singles draw is:
- (1) Roger Federerv. Ernests Gulbis
- (WC) Filippo Volandri v. Julien Benneteau (15) Querrey
- (11) Ivan Ljubicic v. Nicolas Almagro
- (8) Marin Cilic v. Feliciano Lopez
- (3) Rafael Nadal v. Philipp Kohlschreiber
- Victor Hanescu v. (16) Juan Monaco
- (10) Tomas Berdych v. Stanislas Wawrinka
- (5) Robin Soderling v. (WC) Paolo Lorenzi
…which are the 2nd round the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players to meet in the 2nd round are:
(7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Victor Troicki
(Q) Michael Llodra v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo (12) Ferrero
- (13) David Ferrer v. (WC) Potito Starace
- (4) Andy Murray v. Andreas Seppi
- (6) Fernando Verdasco v. (WC) Simone Bolelli
- Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v. Lleyton Hewitt (9) Youzhny
- (14) John Isner v. Thomaz Bellucci
- (2) Novak Djokovic v. Jeremy Chardy
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The players names who have a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.
The matches that promise to be very interesting on today’s schedule involve 3 of the seeds against players who perform well on clay courts. (10) Berdych versus Wawrinka, (11) Ljubicic v. Almagro and (8) Cilic v. Lopez. There is a good chance that even more of the top seeds could be out played today, so watch Rome to find out who survives.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome. For more details click-> Rome 2010: Apr 24 – May 8.
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