2009 Australian Open Third Round Draw

We are now down to the last 32 of the 2009 Australian Open, the third round is the first round where seeds will meet other seeds for the first time and the matches start to look interesting.

As yet we have yet to lose any of the top 8 seeds and there have been very few exits of note. The biggest upset so far has been David Nalbandian, the 10th seed was knocked by Yen-Hsun Lu from Taipei, the very same player who knocked Andy Murray out of the 2008 Olympics.

25th seed Ivo Karlovic went out yesterday to former top 20 Mario Ancic. On Wednesday Fabrice Santoro eliminated 32nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and Marcos Baghdatis knocked out 16th seed Robin Soderling. Perhaps the best performance so far is from Amer Delic of the USA, the “lucky Loser” qualifier eliminated 28th seed Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The pick of the third round matches is surely Marat Safin vs Roger Federer, a rematch of the 2005 semi final, that Safin won and went on to claim is first grand slam title, in fact his only grand slam win. Since that win the Russian has not won a tournament, a four year drought that he would surely love to end. 

Australian Open – Second Round Draw – Top Half
  [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP)  vs     Tommy Haas (GER) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
  [24] Richard Gasquet (FRA)  vs     [13] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
  [12] Gael Monfils (FRA)  vs     [17] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Fourth
Round
  Mario Ancic (CRO)  vs     [6] Gilles Simon (FRA)
  [4] Andy Murray (GBR)  vs     [31] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
  [22] Radek Stepanek (CZE)  vs     [14] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
  [9] James Blake (USA)  vs     [18] Igor Andreev (RUS) Fourth
Round
  Dudi Sela (ISR)  vs     [5] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Australian Open – Second Round Draw – Bottom Half
  [7] Andy Roddick (USA)  vs     Fabrice Santoro (FRA) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
  [21] Tommy Robredo (ESP)  vs     Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
  Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)  vs     [23] Mardy Fish (USA) Fourth
Round
  Amer Delic ((L))  vs     [3] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  [8] Juan-Martin Del Potro (ARG)  vs     Gilles Muller (LUX) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
  [19] Marin Cilic (CRO)  vs     [11] David Ferrer (ESP)
  [15] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)  vs     [20] Tomas Berdych (CZE) Fourth
Round
  [26] Marat Safin (RUS)  vs     [2] Roger Federer (SUI)