The 2011 Australian Open men’s main draw singles 3rd round matches have been completed. The 1st round began with 128 players in action, 32 of them were seeded players, 16 were Qualifiers (Q) and 8 were Wild Cards (WC). The bottom half of the draw will play their round of 16 matches first i.e. No.2 seed Roger FEDERER’s section of the draw.
On Monday 24 January the top half of the draw’s four round of 16 matches will be played i.e. No.1 seed Rafael NADAL’s section of the draw. The final wild card – Bernard Tomic, was defeated in straight sets, even after being up a double break of serve and serving for a 5-0 lead in the 2nd set against Nadal. Of the Top 16 seeds four of them were defeated, including 3 in the 3rd round leaving 12 seeds of the Top 16 seeds.
Pictured above is Milos Raonic during his service action today at the Australian Open. Rising star “SuperSonic Raonic” as OCA has dubbed him, has a big game and is the only man to qualify for the past two Grand Slam singles events. The 20-year-old Raonic has the game to upset No.7 seed David FERRER in the round of 16 whether he has the mental fortitude will be the interesting thing to watch out for.
No.19 seed Stanislas WAWRINKA maintained his perfect straight sets record thus far in defeating No.12 seed Gael Monfils. Wawrinka now has a chance to make his 2nd straight Grand Slam quarter final when he takes on Andy Roddick. Wawrinka, Andy MURRAY, Robin SODERLING and Nadal are the only players yet to lose a set, with Nadal dropping the least games at just 14.
The other seed to be knocked out was 2008 Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga held a 2-sets-to-1 lead over 22-year-old Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV before the Ukrainian took the 4th and 5th sets 6-1 6-1. Dolgopolov is playing in the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time after losing in the qualify event in the past 4 years. The whip-like strokes and quick-fire tempo of the unseeded player can certainly make things tough for the No.4 seed Robin Soderling, given his loping steps and large swings from both the forehand and backhand wings.
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In 4 of the other round of 16 matches the players lived up to their seeding i.e. No.1 Nadal versus No.15 Marin CILIC, No.5 Andy Murray v No.11 Jurgen MELZER, No.6 Tomas BERDYCH v No.9 Fernando VERDASCO and No.3 Novak DJOKOVIC v No.14 Nicolas ALMAGRO. Leading in to the Australian Open four of the final 16 players won singles titles and are carrying on their form: Federer won the Qatar Open, Soderling won the Brisbane International, Ferrer won the Auckland Open and Wawrinka won the Chennai Open.
Defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer plays the unseeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who he has a perfect 9-0 record over in their previous encounters. Federer was taken to 5 sets by 2011 Sydney International winner Gilles Simon in a fantastic match. Federer is on a 13-match winning streak including defeating 5 of the remaining 16 players at the ATP World Tour Finals in London: Ferrer, Murray, Soderling, Djokovic and then Nadal in the final.
The surnames that are bolded in the list below are the players who are playing in the round. Any player whose name is italicised, has his first name removed and has his surname in lower case letters is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the Round of 16. The number in brackets that is added to a players’ name denotes they are a seeded player and what their seeding is.
The 2011 Australian Open men’s singles draw for the Round of 16 is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) v (15) Marin CILIC
- (10) Youzhny Milos RAONIC (Q) v (7) David FERRER
- Robin SODERLING (4) v Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV (13) Tsonga
- Jurgen MELZER (11) v (5) Andy MURRAY
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Tomas BERDYCH (6) v (9) Fernando VERDASCO
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (14) v (3) Novak DJOKOVIC
- Andy RODDICK (8) v (19) Stanislas WAWRINKA Monfils (12)
- (16) Fish Tommy ROBREDO v (2) Roger FEDERER
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