2012 Australian Open 3rd Round Draw

Australian Open 2012The third round draw for the 2012 Australian Open is now complete, it’s the first round were seeds can meet seeds, so the match ups get better.

The 2nd round seen a few high profile players knocked out, with the highest ranked casualty 8th seed Mardy Fish lost to Alejandro Falla in straight sets. Fellow American Andy Roddick was forced to retire against Lleyton Hewitt and 12th seed Gilles Simon lost to compatriot Julien Benneteau.

Murray will face another Frenchman in round 3, this time up is Michael Llodra. Murray has won their two previous meetings and has an amazing record against French Players having won 36 out of the last 38 matches he has played against French players.

World number 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic will face Nicolas Mahut. In the bottom half world number 2 Rafael Nadal will play Lukas Lacko and Roger Federer will face big serving Ivo Karlovic.

Nadal and Federer will be in action first on Friday, with Murray and the rest of the top half of the draw playing their 3rd round matches on Saturday.

2012 Australian Open – 3rd Round
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
vs
Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
[23] Milos Raonic (CAN)
vs
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
[9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
vs
[17] Richard Gasquet (FRA)
[27] Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
vs
[5] David Ferrer (ESP)
[4] Andy Murray (GBR)
vs
Michael Llodra (FRA)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
vs
[14] Gael Monfils (FRA)
Julien Benneteau (FRA)
vs
[24] Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Frederico Gil (POR)
vs
[6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Alejandro Falla (COL)
vs
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
vs
[11] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
[13] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
vs
Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
vs
[3] Roger Federer (SUI)
[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE)
vs
[30] Kevin Anderson (RSA)
[21] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
vs
[10] Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
[16] John Isner (USA)
vs
[18] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Lukas Lacko (SVK)
vs
[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

The most aces served should be in the match between 16th seed John Isner and 18th seed Feliciano Lopez, both players have great serves, so we should see a few tie breaks in this one. The winner of that match will probably be rewarded with a 4th round match against Nadal.

Should Murray make it past Llodra he could face another Frenchman in round 4, with Gael Monfils a possible 4th round opponent, he faces Mikhail Kukushkin in round 3.