2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships Draw

2011 Japan Open

Off the back of winning his third ATP tournament of the year, Andy Murray continues his Asian swing of the tour as he enters theĀ  2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships this week.
He is joined by world number 2, Rafael Nadal who is playing his first event since losing the the 2011 US Open final to Novak Djokovic last month.

Murray and Nadal are joined by top 10 players David Ferrer and Mardy Fish as well as top 20 players Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki.

Murray has been given a tough draw in his opening match, he faces Marcos Baghdatis in the first round and Cypriot currently holds a 3-1 winning record over Murray. He beat Murray most recently in the first round in Rotterdam 6-4 6-1. Murray will be looking to prove that result was purely a reaction to him losing the Australian Open final earlier in the year.

Nadal’s first round opponent is Japanese wild card Go Soeda, Ferrer kicks off against home favouriteĀ  Kei Nishikori, who is the highest ranked Japanese player in the world.

2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships – 1st Round
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
vs
Go Soeda (JPN)
Milos Raonic (CAN)
vs
Yuichi Sugita (JPN)
Robin Haase (NED)
vs
Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
vs
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
[4] Mardy Fish (USA)
vs
Ryan Harrison (USA)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
vs
Lukasz Kubot (POL)
Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
vs
Dudi Sela (ISR)
Bernard Tomic (AUS)
vs
[5] Viktor Troicki (SRB)
[7] Radek Stepanek (CZE)
vs
Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
vs
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Matthew Ebden (AUS)
vs
Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Kei Nishikori (JPN)
vs
[3] David Ferrer (ESP)
[8] Juan Monaco (ARG)
vs
Ivan Dodig (CRO)
David Nalbandian (ARG)
vs
Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
vs
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
vs
[2] Andy Murray (GBR)