The 2010 Rome Internazionali BNL d’Italia main draw singles matches begin on Sunday 25 April at 1pm local time in Rome. Only 3 matches will be held as the qualifying event needs to be completed as well. The men’s singles 1st round matches continue in a full days play on Monday 26 April from 1pm. There are 56 main draw spots divided up between 7 Qualifiers (Q), 4 Wild Cards (WC), 1 Special Exempt (SE) and 44 Direct Acceptances.
Rome is the 2nd major clay court tournament of the year for men’s tennis. The 3 Sunday matches feature an all-Italian clash which ensures at least 1 Italian will progress into the 2nd round. At 5pm on centre court Andreas Seppi takes on Fabio Fognini making them the 1st Italians to play on this years new centre court in Rome. The other 2 matches wil be played earlier and are Victor Hanescu versus Michael Berrer and Janko Tipsarevic v. Jeremy Chardy.
Only the top 8 seeded players have a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 must play in the 1st round. The top 8 seeds await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches. The draw for the seeded players, if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus (15) Sam Querrey
- (11) Ivan Ljubicic versus (8) Marin Cilic
- (3) Rafael Nadal versus (16) Juan Monaco
- (10) Tomas Berdych versus (5) Robin Soderling
…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
(7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus (12) Juan Carlos Ferrero
- (13) David Ferrer versus (4) Andy Murray
- (6) Fernando Verdasco versus (9) Mikhail Youzhny
- (14) John Isner versus (2) Novak Djokovic
The 1st round matches from the top of the draw through to the bottom half of the draw are:
Marcos Baghdatis v. Ernests Gulbis, (WC) Filippo Volandri v. Florian Mayer, Julien Benneteau v. (15) Sam Querrey, (11) Ivan Ljubicic v. Paul-Henri Mathieu, Nicolas Almagro v. Lukasz Kubot, Benjamin Becker v. Feliciano Lopez, Pablo Cuevas v. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Victor Hanescu v. Michael Berrer, Igor Andreev v. (16) Juan Monaco, (10) Tomas Berdych v. (Q)ualifier, Jurgen Melzer v. Stanislas Wawrinka, (WC) Paolo Lorenzi v. Albert Montanes, Victor Troicki v. (SE) Thiemo De Bakker, (Q) v. Andreas Beck, (Q) v. (12) Juan Carlos Ferrero, (13) David Ferrer v. Evgeny Korolev, (Q) v. (WC) Potito Starace, Andreas Seppi v. Fabio Fognini, (WC) Simone Bolelli v. (Q), Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v. (Q), Lleyton Hewitt v. (9) Mikhail Youzhny, (14) John Isner v. Horacio Zeballos, Thomaz Bellucci v. (Q) and Janko Tipsarevic v. Jeremy Chardy.
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Where a (Q) is no prediction is made because it depends which player will take that spot. Once the qualifying is finalised, we will update which qualifiers go into the above spots reserved for qualifiers.
Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands gained entry into the singles draw as a Special Exempt (SE). The 21 year old Dutchman was awarded the SE due to his making his 1st ever semi final at an ATP World Tour event. De Bakker lost his semi final to Robin Soderling but due to his great performance in Barcelona he could not be ready for the 1st round of qualifying in Rome. De Bakker is currently the World No.67 so would not have made the cut-off to be directly accepted into the main draw in Rome. His ranking should move up to No.51 when the new rankings are released on Monday 26 April, which would have allowed him direct entry.
Italian, Flavio Cipolla moved into the qualifying tournament when 1 spot opened up due to the main draw withdrawal of Gael Monfils due to injury. Another Italian, Francesco Aldi moved into the qualifying draw as an alternate when the withdrawal of 2009 Rome semi finalist Fernando Gonzalez had to withdraw. As soon as the qualifying event concludes (at the end of play on Sunday 25 April), we will update who qualified and who they play in the 1st round.
Pictured above is 25 year old Robin Soderling, who is set to fire his racquet into the ball with his mighty forehand ground stroke. The Swede has enjoyed a fantastic year since his career changing moment, defeating Rafael Nadal in the 4th round at the 2009 French Open.
The 1.93m Soderling has achieved numerous personal bests since then and will looking to continue that run in Rome. Last year was the 1st time the current World No.8 won more than 1 match in Rome. So his 2009 round of 16 result in Rome is his best to date, amazingly given what happened at the French Open a short time later, Soderling lost that round of 16 match to Nadal 6-1, 6-0.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Rome. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Rome 2010: Apr 24 – May 8.
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