2010 Australian Open – Third Round Draw

All of the second round matches are complete and the draw for the third round is now ready.

In the bottom half Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick all cruised through their second round matches. In the night match though Juan Martin Delp Potro was forced into an epic 5 set match by American  James Blake, eventually winning 10-8 in the 5th set.

Many people’s dark horse of the bottom half,14th seed Marin Cilic also was forced into a 5th set by 17-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic eventually winning 6-4 in the 5th set.

Andy Murray will take on another Frenchman, Florent Serra in the third round, whilst 2nd seed Rafael Nadal meets the 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Juan martin Del Potro should have a more comfortable 3rd round match against German Florian Mayer and Andy Roodick takes on former top 20 player Feliciano Lopez.

On paper the closest match of the third round in the bottom half of the draw is 33rd seed John Isner v 12th seed Gael Monfils – the winner of that match will face the winner of the Andy Murray match.

In the top half of the draw Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko cruised through their 2nd round matches and still on course for a mouth watering quarter final match together. On Saturday Roger Federer will next face 31st seed Albert Montanes and Davydenko will take on 30th seed Juan Monaco.

Novak Djokovic battled back from dropping the first set against Marco Chiudinelli to win in four sets and he will next face unseeded Denis Istomin.

Matches to look forward to in the top half of the draw include home favorite Lleyton Hewitt taking on former top 10 player Marcos Baghdatis, who has been climbing up the rankings after injury. Another match to look out will be 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga taking on 18th seed Tommy Haas.

Australian Open 2010 – Third Round Draw – Top Half
[1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [31] Albert Montanes (ESP) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
[22] Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
[9] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs (Q) Stefan Koubek (AUT) Fourth
Round
[30] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs [6] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
[3] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Denis Istomin (UZB) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
[20] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Lukasz Kubot (POL)
[10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs [18] Tommy Haas (GER) Fourth
Round
[26] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Australian Open 2010 – Third Round Draw – Bottom Half
[7] Andy Roddick (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
Semi
Finals
Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) vs [11] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
[14] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs [19] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Fourth
Round
Florian Mayer (GER) vs [4] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
[5] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Florent Serra (FRA) Fourth
Round
Quarter
Finals
[33] John Isner (USA) vs [12] Gael Monfils (FRA)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs [24] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) Fourth
Round
[27] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)