The 2011 Australian Open men’s qualifying singles event was scheduled to be completed today. The qualifying began on Wednesday 12 January with 128 players battling for the 16 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event. A fifth day of qualifying beginning at 10am in Melbourne is required to complete the remaining 9 matches of the 16 final round matches.
To qualify you must win 3 matches in a row in the best-of-3 sets format as opposed to the main draw singles matches, which are best-of-5 sets. Both the qualifying and main draw singles events play an advantage set in the final set. An advantage set is the same as a normal set except when the games are tied at 6 all. From 6 all a player needs to gain a two game advantage over their opponent in order to win.
Of the 32 seeds in the qualifying 17 of them were defeated in the first two rounds of qualifying, leaving 15 seeds amongst the 32 players in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.
Once a player qualifies he earns 25 ATP ranking points for qualifying and another 10 points for playing in the 1st round. Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 25 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 70 points, 45 like everyone else plus their 25. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 115 points, whereas everyone else would earn 90 points.
If a player is awarded a place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser Once he does not get the 25 ATP ranking points that a qualifier does. The Lucky Loser gets the 14 points he earned for making it to the 3rd round of qualifying. Throughout the tournament the Lucky Loser keeps his 14 points and adds it on to the points allocated for whichever round he makes it to. A 1st round loss earns a Lucky Loser 24 points, 10 like everyone else plus his 14. A 2nd round loss earns him 59 points, 14 + 45 and a 3rd round loss earns him 104 points, 14 + 90.
Of the 12 Australian men in the qualifying draw 10 of them were defeated in the 1st round, including all 7 wildcards. John Millman lost in the 2nd round and Greg Jones plays the 3rd and final round tomorrow against No.1 seed Blaz Kavcic. No.26 seed Milos Raonic of Canada provided he wins his match tomorrow will be the only player to qualify for 2 Grand Slams in a row.
Pictured above is 2010 Australian Open semi finalist Marin Cilic just after he has made contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand drive. The 1.98m Croatian defeated 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 and 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick in the quarter finals in long 5-set matches to achieve his career best Grand Slam singles result. The 22-year-old Cilic lost to Andy Murray in 4 sets after winning the 1st set. He achieved his career high ranking of No.9 on 22 February 2010 shortly afterwards.
Those players’ names that are bolded in the list below are the 16 players who have qualified for the men’s singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying thus far is No.17 seed Simon Greul. The highest seeded player that loses in the final round of qualifying who signs-in to be eligible if a Lucky Loser spot becomes available is the one who replaces any player that withdraws from his 1st round match.
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 final qualifying round. The matches below that do not have either name bolded are the 9 matches to be completed tomorrow. Once these matches are completed OCA will update all results straight away by adding the scores and bolding the winners names.
The results in the 3rd and final round of the 2011 Australian Open Men’s qualifying singles event are:
- Blaz KAVCIC (1) def. Greg JONES-AUS (25) Bozoljac
- (2) Bolelli Marco CRUGNOLA def. Nicolas MASSU (22) Kravchuk
- Grigor DIMITROV (3) def. Thomas SCHOOREL (19) Koubek
- (4) Souza Flavio CIPOLLA def. (29) Rogerio Dutra DA SILVA
- (5) Chiudinelli Alex BOGOMOLOV lost to Frank DANCEVIC (23) Korolev
- Ryan SWEETING (6) def. Alex KUZNETSOV (32) Rosol
- (7) Haider-Maurer Frederik NIELSEN lost to (18) Nicolas MAHUT
- (8) Soeda Simon STADLER def. Arnau BRUGUES-DAVI (24) Kudryavtsev
- Denis GREMELMAYR (9) def. (17) Simon GREUL
- (10) Huta Galung Peter POLANSKY lost to (31) Vincent MILLOT
- Gilles MULLER (11) def. (20) Jaroslav POSPISIL
- Stephane ROBERT (12) def. Bobby REYNOLDS (30) Janowicz
- (13) Roger-Vasselin Jan HERNYCH def. (27) Josselin OUANNA
- (14) Sijsling Danai UDOMCHOKE lost to (21) Grega ZEMLJA
- Donald YOUNG (15) def. Izak VAN DER MERWE (28) Gicquel
- (16) Niland Andrej MARTIN lost to (26) Milos RAONIC
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