2010 Australian Open – First Round Draw

The draw for the 2010 Australian Open, the first grand slam on 2010 has just been made within the last few hours.

Andy Murray has been handed on paper the toughest draw he could possibly get – If he was to win his maiden grand slam in Melbourne he could have to beat world n0.2 Rafael Nadal in the quarter final, world ┬áno.4 Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi finals and world no.1 Roger Federer in the final.

Those theoretical matches are a long way off though – Murray has never went beyond the fourth round in three attempts in Australia and to just equal his record in equal he will first have to beat a Qualifier in the first round then the winner of Marc Gicquel (FRA) v Simone Bolelli (ITA) before a likely 3rd match against 28th seed Jurgen Melzer. To better is record he would more than likely face 12 seed Gael Monfils in the 4th round.

At the last 4 grand slams it’s been top 20 players that have knocked Murray out, players that in any other event Murray 9 times out of 10 dispatches with ease, but when it come to the big show, Murray has not been able to raise his game when these top 20 guys raise theirs.

The big dark horse for the event ┬áNikolay Davydenko is on course to meet world no.1 Roger Federer in the quarter finals, with Russian having won their last 2 matches after losing the previous 12 to the Swiss. Though in his way is Spain’s Vernando Verdasco (a possible 4th round opponent for Davydenko), It was here last that Verdasco kicked started his improvement from a top 30 player to a top 10 player.

World no.3 and 2008 Oz open champion Novak Djokovic has arquably the easiest quarter of the big 4, with a possible quarter final match against robin Soderling then playing the winner from Federers quarter. Though Soderling would have to get by the 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 4th round, if he doesn’t then we could see a repeat of that 2008 final in this years quarter final.

The other quarter of the draw sees Juan Martin Del Potro likely meet Andy Roddick in the quarter finals, though that quarter also includes rising start 14th seed Marin Cilic, a possible 4th round for Del Potro.

Australian Open 2010 – First Round Draw – 1st Quarter
[1] Roger Federer (SUI) v Igor Andreev (RUS) Second
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Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) v Victor Hanescu (ROU)
Stephane Robert (FRA) v Potito Starace (ITA) Second
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Oscar Hernandez (ESP) v [31] Albert Montanes (ESP)
[22] Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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Christophe Rochus (BEL) v (Q) Qualifier
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) Second
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Frederico Gil (POR) v [15] Gilles Simon (FRA)
[9] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v (W) Carsten Ball (AUS) Second
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(Q) Qualifier v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Rajeev Ram (USA) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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(Q) Qualifier v [23] Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
[30] Juan Monaco (ARG) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT) Second
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Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG) v Michael Llodra (FRA)
Carlos Moya (ESP) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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(Q) Qualifier v [6] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Australian Open 2010 – First Round Draw – 2nd Quarter
[3] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) Second
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(W) Marinko Matosevic (AUS) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) v Michael Berrer (GER) Second
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Denis Istomin (UZB) v [32] Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
[20] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA) Second
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Jan Hajek (CZE) v Robby Ginepri (USA)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Mischa Zverev (GER) Second
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Santiago Giraldo (COL) v [16] Tommy Robredo (ESP)
[10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Second
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Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Taylor Dent (USA)
(W) Ryan Harrison (USA) v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Second
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Simon Greul (GER) v [18] Tommy Haas (GER)
[26] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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Third
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Benjamin Becker (GER) v (Q) Qualifier
Alejandro Falla (COL) v Marcos Daniel (BRA) Second
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Marcel Granollers (ESP) v [8] Robin Soderling (SWE)
Australian Open 2010 – First Round Draw – 3rd Quarter
[7] Andy Roddick (USA) v Thiemo De Bakker (NED) Second
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Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v Pablo Cuevas (URU) Second
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Rainer Schuettler (GER) v [25] Sam Querrey (USA)
[21] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED) Second
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Third
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Daniel Brands (GER) v Evgeny Korolev (KAZ)
(W) Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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Olivier Rochus (BEL) v [11] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
[14] Marin Cilic (CRO) v Fabrice Santoro (FRA) Second
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Fourth
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(Q) Qualifier v (W) Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) v Jose Acasuso (ARG) Second
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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v [19] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
[29] Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) Second
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Third
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Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Florian Mayer (GER)
James Blake (USA) v Arnaud Clement (FRA) Second
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Michael Russell (USA) v [4] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Australian Open 2010 – First Round Draw – 4th Quarter
[5] Andy Murray (GBR) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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Marc Gicquel (FRA) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v (W) Nick Lindahl (AUS) Second
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Florent Serra (FRA) v [28] Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
[17] David Ferrer (ESP) v Andreas Seppi (ITA) Second
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(Q) Qualifier v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Daniel Koellerer (AUT) v (Q) Qualifier Second
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(Q) Qualifier v [12] Gael Monfils (FRA)
[13] Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Second
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Fourth
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Julien Benneteau (FRA) v (Q) Qualifier
Mardy Fish (USA) v (W) Andrey Golubev (KAZ) Second
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(W) Jason Kubler (AUS) v [24] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
[27] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Horacio Zeballos (ARG) Second
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Third
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John Isner (USA) v Wayne Odesnik (USA)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG) Second
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Peter Luczak (AUS) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)