The 2nd round of the 2010 Rome Open (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) men’s singles event has been completed. Today all 8 of the round of 16 matches will be played to determine who makes the quarter finals. There will be 4 matches played on each of the 2 show courts, Campo Centrale and Campo Pietrangeli.
Pictured above is 28 year old Filippo Volandri looking to put this forehand drive away for a cross court winner. The Italian No.5 is the best performed Italian this year and the only wild card entrant to advance this far. The 1.83m Volandri will be taking on Federer-conqueror Ernests Gulbis for a possible spot in his 3rd quarter final in Rome.
Gulbis is the World No. 40 and has already recorded his best career result at Rome by making the round of 16. Volandri defeated Federer in the 2007 Rome event, 6-2 6-4 and went on to reach the quarter finals. His best result in Rome was making the semi finals in 2003.
The current World No.152 will have a huge home crowd advantage when he plays the 2nd match on Campo Centrale today. Volandri was impressive in his 6-2 6-0 win over World No.36 Julien Benneteau and must fancy his chances of upsetting his 21 year old opponent. He is the only Italian to make the quarter finals in the past 8 years.
8 of the 16 seeds have been knocked out in the first 2 rounds, leaving only 1 round of 16 match up with both seeds managing to win through to their expected clash. It will be interesting to see which players can perform at the level necessary to succeed in a professional tennis match today.
The following are the results from yesterday and below that are the four 2nd round match results from Tuesday:
- (WC) Volandri d. Benneteau 6-2 6-0
- (11) Ljubicic d. Almagro 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
- Lopez d. (8) Cilic 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
- (1) Nadal d. Kohlschrieber 6-1 6-3
- Wawrinka d. (10) Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
- (5) Soderling d. (WC) Lorenzi 6-1 7-5
- (7) Tsonga d. Troicki 6-2 6-3
- (Q) Giraldo d. (Q) Llodra 6-3 6-2
- (13) Ferrer d. (WC) Starace 7-5 6-2
- (6) Verdasco d. (WC) Bolelli 7-6 (13-11), 6-3
- Garcia-Lopez d. Hewitt 6-2 6-3
- Bellucci d. (14) Isner 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
- (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 round of 16 singles draw is:
- (1) Federer Ernests Gulbis versus (WC) Filippo Volandri (15) Querrey
- (11) Ivan Ljubicic v. Feliciano Lopez (8) Cilic
- (3) Rafael Nadal v. Victor Hanescu (16) Monaco
- (10) Berdych Stanislas Wawrinka v. (5) Robin Soderling
…which completes the top half of the draw. The bottom half of the draw is:
(7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo (12) Ferrero
- (13) David Ferrer v. (4) Andy Murray
- (6) Fernando Verdasco v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (9) Youzhny
- (14) Isner Thomaz Bellucci v. (2) Novak Djokovic
The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The player’s names who have a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.
All of the matches promise to be very interesting on today’s schedule with a number of upsets by the lower ranked player on the cards. Nadal is favoured to have the most comfortable path into the quarter finals.
Hanescu took Federer to a final set at Indian Wells this year, so he may be up for another big performance. Today is Andre Agassi’s 40th birthday and he’ll be looking for a present from Hanescu, so he can keep his record number of Masters titles in tact for a little longer. Nadal has 16 and Agassi has 17.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome. For more details click-> Rome 2010: April 24 – May 8.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Andre Agassi. Agassi was born on this day in 1970 and won 8 Grand Slam singles titles. The American won 4 Australian Open titles (1995, 2000-01 & 2003), 2 US Open crowns (1994 & 1999), the 1992 Wimbledon Championship and the 1999 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam. Agassi 1st achieved the World No.1 ranking on 10 April 1995.
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