Shanghai Open 2010 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifiers

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The 2010 Shanghai Open men’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Saturday 9 October with 28 players battling for the 7 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.

The Shanghai Open is held at the Qi Zhong Stadium on Deco turf hard courts. Qi Zhong is pronounced “chee-jong” and is in southwest Shanghai district of Minhang. Last year was the first year that Shanghai was held as an ATP Tour tournament and included as one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments making it one of THE major tournaments of each year.

The players who qualified will earn a minimum of 8,500 US dollars and 25 ATP ranking points for winning through the qualifying singles event into the main singles draw, PLUS a further 10 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw.

Players needed to win 2 matches in a row over 2 days in order to earn a spot in the main draw. Of the Top 7 seeds in the qualifying 5 of these players who were seeded to qualify won through. The remaining 2 qualifiers were the No.13 seed and wild card entrant Mischa Zverev, which means not one Chinese player who through to the main draw. Li Zhe of China narrowly lost by 9 points to in the final set tie-break in the closest match in the final round of qualifying against No.5 seed Lukasz Kubot.

Pictured above is the left-handed Feliciano Lopez preparing to play a single handed backhand drive. The 1.88m Spaniard made the semi finals at Shanghai last year by defeating 2 seeds along the way, David Ferrer then Robin Soderling before losing to Rafael Nadal. Making the semi finals at Shanghai is his career best result in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

The 29 year old Lopez is the current World No.23 and would love to finish off 2010 by performing well again this year in Shanghai, particularly because he is so close to setting a new career high singles ranking. Lopez reached No.20 on January 31 2005 so has 6 weeks left of 2010 to accumulate enough ATP ranking points in order to break into the Top 20 for the very first time.

The player’s whose names are bolded in the list below are the 7 players who have qualified for the men’s singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.1 seed Daniel Gimeno-Traver, which means he would be the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing his 1st round match.

A player must sign-in at the time specified by the tournament management to be eligible for any possible Lucky Loser spot. The next player in line is No.4 seed Santiago Giraldo and following him would be No.9 seed Mikhail Kukushkin, both of whom lost in the final round of qualifying.

The results in the final round of the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters men’s qualifying singles event are:

  1. (1) Daniel Gimeno-Traver lost to (13) Marsel Ilhan 3-6, 6-7 (1-7)
  2. (2) Jeremy Chardy defeated (14) Go Soeda 6-2 6-0
  3. (3) Benjamin Becker def. (9) Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
  4. (4) Santiago Giraldo lost to (WC) Mischa Zverev 1-6 3-6
  5. (5) Lukasz Kubot def. Li Zhe 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7)
  6. (6) Kevin Anderson def. Ivan Navarro 6-3 6-2
  7. (7) Florent Serra def. Grega Zemlja 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

These qualifiers will play the following players in the 1st round of the main draw: Ilhan versus Thomaz Bellucci, Chardy v. Marcos Baghdatis, Becker v. (15) Gael Monfils, Zverev v. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Kubot v. John Isner, Anderson v. Florian Mayer and Serra v. Juan Monaco.

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